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Witnesses save youths from drowning in Red Deer County lake: RCMP

Police say the quick actions of witnesses saved two youths from drowning in a Red Deer County lake.

On July 31, at 2:15 p.m., emergency services were called to a report of a near drowning at Glennifer Lake.

Two youths were swimming in the lake when witnesses noticed they appeared to be struggling and going under the water, RCMP said Monday.

The witnesses jumped into the water and pulled the youths to safety. The youths were transported to hospitals in Calgary and Innisfail, where they were treated and later released.

“While people are enjoying the hot weather and the outdoor activities our beautiful community provides, it is critical to understand the risk factors involved in some summer activities. A lake may look calm, but conditions like water temperature, wind, and current can change rapidly,” said Staff Sgt. Chris Matechuk, Innisfail RCMP detachment commander.

“Thankfully, in this case when the swimmers started to struggle, witnesses were able to intervene and they came to the young swimmers’ aid quickly. Their actions prevented an unnecessary tragedy.”

Matechuk said he will ensure the heroic actions of the witnesses are recognized by the RCMP and will also be recommending the witnesses for a St. John’s Life Saver Award.

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