A woman was rescued from the Lussier River Monday after collaboration from Kimberley RCMP, Search and Rescue, BC Ambulance and the Cranbrook RCMP Police Dog Service.
"Police were called at 2:00 am June 11, when calls for help were heard near the Lussier River," said Kimberley RCMP. "The initial call indicated a woman had fallen in and was unable to reach shore."
Search and Rescue was activated by RCMP as officers located the woman on the other side of the river, noting that she was scared, not dressed for the situation, and very cold.
The Cranbrook RCMP Police Dog Service arrived at the scene shortly afterwards and managed to navigate the river to reach the woman and provide some warm clothes.
Search and Rescue's swift water team was utilized and brought the woman back to safety before BC Ambulance check on the woman.
"The woman had been at the Lussier Hot Springs, entered the river, and couldn’t get out. She managed to get to the other side where she yelled for help," said Kimberley RCMP. "We are fortunate that somebody heard her calls for help as it’s a remote area, very few people are around at that time of night and she was not dressed for the conditions."
Kimberley RCMP specifically tipped their hat to the Cranbrook RCMP Police Dog Service as the dog handler's quick actions to reach the woman, as she would have suffered from severe hypothermia if she had been there any longer.
- Bradley Jones / with files from Kimberley RCMP
Audio: Sgt. Chris Newel, Kimberley RCMP