Dave Jephson from Terrace Search and Rescue is commending the work of first responders this morning as 14 people were rescued from the Kitimat River after a sudden 6 foot rise in water levels.
Terrace SAR were called in to assist Kitimat SAR and RCMP after a number of phone calls came in around 3:30 this morning to the Kitimat RCMP from stranded campers who were unable to use the dyke road and get off a camp site on the banks of the river.
Jephson says although now everyone is safe, early this morning there were a number of dramatic rescues.
Jephson added that those people inside the camper were stuck right in the current with the inability to open any doors. He says that if they would have opened a door or more windows the current would have pushed them far down stream and they would have been irretrievable.
Kitimat SAR combed the air for any remaining stranded people via helicopter when they were notified there were two people stranded on top of a camper on the lower dyke.
They were then able to land on the top of the camper and transfer those two people to safety.
Then they noticed people waving from trees and more stranded campers. Terrace SAR then retrieved 2 more campers.
Members of SAR, and all the stranded campers made it out safely and officials are warning people to be cautious and stay away from the water.
At this time, the roads to the lower dyke road, Big Spruce, Hirsch Creek Park, and Radley Park have all be closed due to the high water level.
This was a joint effort from Terrace SAR, Kitimat SAR and the Kitimat RCMP and Fire Department.