Rafters rescued at night

Four young men in Edmonton had to be rescued in the middle of the night when a rafting adventure on the North Saskatchewan River went terribly wrong.

EDMONTON — Four young men in Edmonton had to be rescued in the middle of the night when a rafting adventure on the North Saskatchewan River went terribly wrong.

Police say the men had set off near a bridge in the downtown area and were approaching another bridge downstream when they realized they couldn’t reach shore.

One of the rafters jumped into the water and tried without success to steer the craft to safety.

A rescue boat was launched and firetrucks raced alongside the river watching the raft after one of the men placed a 911 call about an hour before sunrise.

The men were eventually pulled from the river and checked by paramedics before they could drift out of the city toward Fort Saskatchewan.