The Westshore Rebels Football Club has been left heartbroken by the death of Nathan Falito.
The 22-year-old Edmonton native drowned at Shuswap Lake on the afternoon of Thursday, July 23, according to posts made on social media.
Falito played for the Westshore Rebels of the B.C. Junior Football Conference in both 2018 and 2019 after previously playing for the Okanagan Sun.
“Nathan was an outgoing, dynamic and bright young man taken far too soon. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and teammates,” says a post on the Rebel’s Facebook page.
The tragic death of Falito comes after Kory Nagata, 24, a former member of the Okanagan Sun football team, was found dead on Monday, July 6, after being reported missing the previous day.
The Richmond-native apparently jumped into the waters of the Fraser River to retrieve a football after a boat docked at the pier.
Witnesses told police the man managed to retrieve the football but wasn’t able to get back to the dock. Two men jumped into the water to try and help but were unable to rescue him before needing to swim back to land.
Nagata’s body was recovered shortly after noon on Monday at low tide, not far from where he had disappeared.