Yukon RCMP urging water safety after weekend rescue

RCMP boat on Saturday in Miles Canyon. (Whitehorse RCMP)

Whitehorse RCMP are urging tourists exercise caution when visiting certain water attractions in neighbouring Yukon Territory.

On Saturday morning Emergency Medical Services, Whitehorse Fire Department, and RCMP responded to a report of two women who had entered the water at Miles Canyon near the foot bridge.

The first police officer on the scene located one of the women in the water struggling against the current. The officer deployed a FrisBuoy, and after several throws the woman was able to catch the line. The officer then sent a swift water life jacket down the FrisBuoy line, allowing the woman to stay afloat until additional officers could assist by boat.

Two more officers arrived by RCMP jet boat, and were able to lift the woman out of the water. The woman was then returned to the boat launch where she was assessed.

“Whitehorse Fire Department also responded by boat and were able to locate the second woman who was down river. The woman had managed to pull herself up onto to the rocks and was taken to the RCMP jet boat by Whitehorse Fire Department,” said an RCMP spokesperson in a release on Monday.

Police advise drownings can happen quickly and without warning, especially in the strong moving currents of Yukon waterways. Yukon RCMP would like to remind people to use extreme caution and  avoid areas with strong currents and do not consume alcohol or drugs before swimming.

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Josh Campbell
Campbell is back as the host of the new CKLB Morning show the Breakfast Club. Before moving north in 2007, he graduated from Loyalist College's Broadcast Journalism Program.

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