Mounties and Chilliwack SAR swift actions saved lives in swift water
Chilliwack, Upper Fraser Valley
2021-06-24 10:54 PDT
File # 2021-25791
A swift water rescue earlier in the week is a great reminder to practice safety on the Vedder River.
Around 6:45 on the evening of June 21, 2021, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a report of two women stranded in the river near Lickman Road. Police quickly located one person clinging to a log in the river with the second on a sandbar.
An original group of six people water tubing became separated, with the remainder of the group exiting the river safely in Yarrow, said Corporal Mike Rail spokesperson for the UFVRD.
High water levels together with strong current prevented first responders from reaching the marooned people.
Chilliwack Search and Rescue (SAR) quickly reached the scene, launching a raft to rescue the women.
Alert folks on shore calling police and immediate response of SAR are responsible for the timely rescue, adds Rail.
Fortunately a possible tragedy was avoided.
RCMP remind folks to practice safe habits when enjoying the waterways of our region:
- Wear a life jacket or Personal Floatation Device (PFD);
- Know your environment;
- Stay within your skill limits.
For more tips to ensure a safe water or backcountry experience, visit us on line at bcrcmp or our friends at Chilliwack SAR and AdventureSmart.
Cpl. Mike RailMedia Relations Officer
Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment
45877 Wellington Avenue, Chilliwack, BC V2P 2C8
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