RCMP says it’s good reminder for those planning to head out on the water this coming long weekend.
Four young women were found cold and tired, but otherwise unharmed after a day of tubing on the Cottonwood River Wednesday hit a snag.
Family of a 19-year-old girl phoned Quesnel RCMP Wednesday night after the girl and three of her friends failed to check in from the tubing rip that began at Cottonwood house earlier that day.
Quesnel Mounties went to the area and scoured the river banks and nearby roads overnight while Quesnel Search and Rescue prepared to commence a search of the area early Thursday morning.
With the help of an RCMP helicopter, crews were able to locate the group of four tubers on the bank of the river. SAR crews had to conduct a rope rescue down a steep embankment and walk the young women to the helicopter which was staged about two kilometres away. All were checked over at hospital in hospital before being released.
Mounties say the tubers were cold and dehydrated, but otherwise okay. Police say they became stuck on the banks of the river after they struck a tree in the middle of the river and lost their tubes.
RCMP say the group was ill prepared to spend a night in the bush with only flip flops and bathing suits to keep them warm.
This could have ended quite differently with tragic consequences. We once again remind all who are enjoying our waterways as part of their summertime recreational activities to think about safety first; be aware of the water current and conditions, don’t risk it if water is moving fast, wear a life jacket and carry an emergency signalling device such as a whistle. The RCMP and BCSAR teams throughout British Columbia are hopeful that everyone will enjoy a safe and fun BC Day long weekend, states Corporal Dan Moskaluk in a news release.