NEWS
02/08/2012 05:08 EST | Updated 04/09/2012 05:12 EDT

Kelowna Cyclist Missing After Plunge Through Ice

An RCMP dive team has recovered the body of a man who fell through the ice while cycling on a lake north of Kelowna, B.C.

Two ice fishermen told police that they saw the man riding along the ice at the edge of Wood Lake near Highway 97 in the community of Lake Country, located about halfway between Kelowna and Vernon around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"We just heard a noise and looked over and could see something sort of in the water there and some muffled screams. Came up to the hole and pair of gloves sitting there. Nothing too much we could do, throw a rope in, but it couldn't even touch bottom. Called 911," said Don Skipper.

Emergency responders had searched for the cyclist for about an hour, but didn't find the man or his bicycle. A dive team that arrived later in the afternoon eventually recovered the body.

The victim was later identified as Christopher Kent Stone, 46, of Lake Country.