Police, firefighters perform river rescue in Kamloops


One person is safe after police and firefighters attended a rescue in the South Thompson River near the Red Bridge on Monday afternoon at about 4 p.m.

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Firefighters were called in at the request of the RCMP for a woman who was in the middle of the river near Pioneer Park.

She was tossed a life preserver but initially refused the help, KFR assistant fire chief Daniel Funk told KTW.

The attending fire captain told him the woman didn’t want help from the fire department because she thought they’d bring her ashore to the RCMP, Funk said.

Two Mounties could be seen on either side of the river during the rescue.

Funk said the woman wasn’t in distress initially, but did appear distraught after being in the water for a long period of time. 

Firefighters were eventually able to bring her ashore to Pioneer Park where she was loaded into an ambulance and taken to Royal Inland Hospital.

RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said police attended the call for a river rescue and did not take the woman into custody.


She said the woman went into the river voluntarily and police wanted her to get out because the water was cold and they were concerned she would become hypothermic.


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