RCMP officers rescue man from Peace River

PEACE RIVER, A.B. – A pair of RCMP officers in Peace River are being hailed as heroes after a harrowing water rescue on the Peace River over the weekend.

At approximately 9:00 on Saturday morning, members of Peace Regional RCMP were called to a report of a man in distress in the waters of the Peace, near downtown Peace River. Police arrived at the shoreline along with other EMS and called for the male to swim to shore as rescue boats were dispatched. As emergency personnel watched, the man was seen to be unable to manoeuver himself to shore and appeared to be going under.

Two officers on shore jumped into action, grabbing the foam backseat of their police cruiser to use as a flotation device before jumping into the water. The officers were able to reach the man and eventually got him to shore where fire crews provided the man with first aid treatment.