NEWS RELEASE · 21st July 2012
Kitimat Search & Rescue
On the evening of Saturday, July 21st, 2012 Kitimat Search & Rescue (KSAR) responded to a request for assistance from BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) regarding a boat that hit a log jam, dumping it's occupants into the Kitimat River, just above the Wedeene junction.
A second party attempted to rescue the first party, and subsequently capsized their boat. A second attempt was made to retrieve the stranded boaters and was successful.
One KSAR Team Leader, with the assistance of personnel from the Kitimat Fish Hatchery picked up the two boaters from the drift boater that picked them up.
It is not believed that life jackets were worn on the initial capsize.
KSAR transported the boaters to the Radley Park boat launch where they were turned over to the BCAS. No injuries were reported.
KSAR would like to remind all people venturing out onto the water to wear their lifejackets. It appears to be the norm recently on the Kitimat River, that this basic piece of protective equipment isn't being utilized.
In addition, there appears to be at least two locations between the Old Sawmill and Wedeene River junction that are particularly dangerous. For this reason, it is not recommended that inexperienced boaters attempt drifting this stretch of the river.
KSAR would like to also thank the personal from the Kitimat Fish Hatchery, the RCMP, and members of the Kitimat Fire Department, for the successful outcome to this incident.
Comment by Wolverine #2 on 24th July 2012
This happens every year. Inexperienced and foolhardy individuals drift down from Sawmill, without lifejackets on. Putting not only themselves, but their rescuers, lives at risk. If you're new to drifting, stick to the stretch from Cablecar down. Leave the rest of the river to the big boys...