Outdoor rescues keep Kamloops firefighters busy

Pulling man from river and woman from steep slope all part of a day’s work

Plucking a man from the Thompson River and aiding a women who sustained an ankle fracture in Peterson Creek Park has Kamloops Fire Rescue reminding the public to be vigilant while outdoors.

On Monday at about 2 p.m. firefighters were called in by Kamloops RCMP to rescue a middle-aged man spotted floating down the river.

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A crew of four firefighters pulled the man into their boat near Rabbit Island, said KFR platoon Capt. Wade Lindoff.

Lindoff said the man was responsive and brought ashore near the Sandbar Grill. Police were responding to a caller concerned for the man’s safety when he was spotted in the water somewhere between Riverside Park and Overlanders Bridge.

The man was brought to Royal Inland Hospital as a precaution, but he did not appear to have any injuries, Cpl. Jodi Shelkie told KTW.

At about 7:40 p.m. on Sunday, firefighters responded to Peterson Creek Park downtown, where a woman had fallen near the main waterfall in the park. Firefighters tended to the woman’s injuries and wheeled her out of the park to a waiting ambulance, Lindoff said.

The call came in as a hiker who had fallen and sustained broken limbs, Lindoff said, noting he did not know the height from which she fell, nor the circumstances under which the accident occurred.

Lindoff advised hikers to be aware of steep areas of the park and swimmers to ensure they avoid portions of the river where there is a strong current.

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