A Sylvan Lake man escaped harm while a Calgary man is fighting for his life in hospital following a rafting accident at the Wyndham Carseland Provincial Park, south of Calgary, on Sunday evening.
High River RCMP said the two men had attempted to guide a raft over a weir and were ejected from the raft. The 27-year-old Sylvan Lake man swam back to the shore unharmed. The 26-year-old Calgary man pulled himself onto the raft, which was trapped in a heavy current at the bottom of the weir. Rescue attempts by a search and rescue team were at first unsuccessful and the man was eventually pulled under the water.
He resurfaced a few minutes later and was rescued search and rescue personnel and emergency medical services. He was transported to Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, where he is in critical condition.
The man’s identify is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.