River rafters rescued, public advised to take precautions

Red Deer Emergency Services and police rescued three stranded rafters on the Red Deer River late Tuesday night.

Red Deer Emergency Services and police rescued three stranded rafters on the Red Deer River late Tuesday night.

The trio, all in their 20s, started late on the river and did not make arrangements to be picked up.

One rafter texted a parent who later called police and emergency services around 11 p.m.

No one was injured, but all were wet and cold.

Police said “alcohol was a factor.” Two of the three rafters were under the influence of alcohol. No charges are expected.

But police are reminding the public to make a plan and follow a few simple guidelines before heading out for a float on the Red Deer River:

• Don’t drink alcohol prior to or while on the river.

• Know your put-in and take-out points, and tell someone your itinerary.

• Wear a life-jacket and take extra clothes.

• Take a boat appropriate for the river, not a pool toy.

• Don’t tie boats together.

• Wear sunscreen and drink water.

The community is also reminded that when emergency services personnel are called out for a river rescue, it can take away resources that could be used elsewhere.

Just Posted

Most surveyed Innisfail residents give urban chickens the thumbs up

Town of Innisfail will discuss whether to allow backyard chickens on Monday

Second attempted ATM theft at Red Deer IGA

Anyone with information is asked to contact RCMP

City businesses must have licences

Businesses can apply through new system online called MyLicence

Solar panels installed on city bus station

$550,000 project will generate power for city

WATCH: Two weeks away from Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer

In just two weeks, Ponoka’s Shayna Weir will compete with the best… Continue reading

Hi Mickey, ‘Bye Mickey: 6 Disney parks on 2 coasts in 1 day

ORLANDO, Fla. — Heather and Clark Ensminger breathed sighs of relief when… Continue reading

Court weighs ‘Apprentice’ hopeful’s suit versus Trump

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s lawyers hope to persuade an appeals… Continue reading

StarKist admits fixing tuna prices, faces $100 million fine

SAN FRANCISCO — StarKist Co. agreed to plead guilty to a felony… Continue reading

Annual pace of inflation slows to 2.2 per cent in September: Statistics Canada

OTTAWA — The annual pace of inflation slowed more than expected in… Continue reading

Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler son

CALGARY — A jury has convicted a Calgary couple in the death… Continue reading

Study of U.S. hospital figures links pot use with increased risk of stroke

MONTREAL — New research is being presented at a conference in Montreal… Continue reading

Leon Draisaitl has overtime winner as Edmonton Oilers down Boston Bruins 3-2

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid set up Leon Draisaitl for the overtime winner… Continue reading

Edmonton girl guide sells out of cookies in front of cannabis store on first day

EDMONTON — She’s being called one smart cookie. As people lined up… Continue reading

Most Read