Woman rescued from river

  • May. 8, 2013 3:58 p.m.

A woman was rescued from the Red Deer River late Monday evening after reportedly falling from an embankment.

At 6:24 p.m. Monday night, Red Deer Emergency Services received a 911 emergency call reporting that a female victim had fallen over a steep river embankment adjacent to Warwick Ave.

Upon first arrival of the RCMP, it was determined that the woman had fallen and required assistance.

Due to the location of the woman, two specialty rescue teams and support staff were needed. Rope rescue and water rescue teams were deployed to gain access to the woman, extricate her from the location and transport her across the Red Deer River to an awaiting ALS ambulance. In total 14 emergency services personnel were on scene along with the RCMP.

A bystander in the area provided assistance to the woman until fire medics arrived.

The woman, about 37, was transported to Red Deer Regional Hospital with reportedly minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the incident.

“All Red Deerians should experience our wonderful river valley, our incredible parks systems and recreational opportunities available to them. When utilizing the natural area of the City please use good judgment and caution in potentially hazardous areas,” said Ted Hickey, deputy fire chief. “Remember the consumption of alcohol and encountering possible hazards do not mix well together. Enjoy what is available, but safely.”

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