Saskatchewan Examiner

Friday, February 23, 2024

After a “party island” incident, the Saskatoon Fire Department conducts a water rescue

Following the "party island" incident, the Saskatoon Fire Department performs a water rescue.

Key Takeaways:

  • A caller south of Poplar Bluffs informed the SFD that they had been on a floating “party island” close to three sand bars and had lost a member, according to a news release issued on Sunday.

In the vicinity of Poplar Bluffs, one person who had gone missing was found uninjured.

The Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) reported in a news release on Sunday that they received data from a caller south of Poplar Bluffs that they had been on a floating “party island” near three sand bars and lost a member. The incident’s date was not mentioned in the publication.

The callers were instructed to remain on the scene to assist the water rescue squad after the SFD operator took down the caller’s description and last known location.

SFD sent out a single water rescue team with a Zodiak boat and the Battalion Chief and also requested assistance from the RCMP, Corman Park Police, and the Saskatoon Police Service plane.

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Two SFD members strolled along the river’s side while SFD personnel scanned the river from a boat. The police plane was aerially surveying the area.

A guy in the river up to his neck in water was discovered by the crew of the SFD boat in less than 30 minutes, according to SFD.

He was saved and taken back to shore before rejoining his party. He didn’t require medical attention.

Two missing people were discovered trapped on a sand bar at Poplar Bluffs, according to a different release from SFD, and the RCMP called in to help to rescue them.

Following the "party island" incident, the Saskatoon Fire Department performs a water rescue.
Following the “party island” incident, the Saskatoon Fire Department performs a water rescue. Image from North Brief

They were brought back to shore safely, according to SFD.

“Just a friendly reminder to always have a backup plan when going near, in, or on the water, to let someone know your plans and route, to keep cell phones as charged as possible (don’t drain them), to avoid drinking alcohol because it impairs judgment, to bring a personal floatation device, and to carry a whistle and flashlight so that you can call out and let people know where you are.

Please examine Transport Canada’s guidelines for safe boat use on the water if you are utilizing a vessel on the water, SFD said.

Source: CTV News

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