Alberta brothers rescue boy from submerged car

Two Alberta men pull off dramatic rescue of five-year-old from crashed vehicle submerged in lake near Kimberley

  • Aug. 7, 2013 8:00 p.m.

Carolyn Grant/Kimberley News Bulletin

A dramatic rescue took place at Whiteswan Lake this past weekend when a five-year old boy was trapped in a submerged vehicle.

It began with the driver losing control of a vehicle on the Whiteswan Forest Service Road on Saturday, August 3. The vehicle ended up in Whiteswan Lake.

Kimberley RCMP Cpl. Chris Newel reports that the vehicle was driven by the mother of the boy and there was a 16-year old female passenger as well.

“The female driver and another occupant were able to free themselves from the vehicle and swim to shore,” Newel said. “The five year boy remained restrained in the vehicle.”

However, two brothers from Lethbridge and Turner Valley AB, were in the area and immediately rendered assistance.

“They jumped into the water and after several attempts were able free the young boy.”

Newel says he has no information on exactly how they managed to free him.

“The vehicle was reported to be five to seven feet below the surface and the boy was submerged for five to 15 minutes,” he said. “Once on shore others assisted in administering CPR.”

The boy was rushed to East Kootenay Regional Hospital and then transferred to Children’s Hospital in Calgary where he is reported to be doing very well, Newel says.

“Police and the family are very thankful of those that helped out. Without the brothers’ quick response it’s likely the outcome would have been tragic. We want to recognize them for their quick action.

“The young boy is making good progress in Calgary, but the father advises there are several medical tests still to be done before he will be released.”

 

Just Posted

Avalanche control scheduled today on Highway 1 east and west of Revelstoke

Avalanche control work is scheduled today for two different locations along Highway… Continue reading

Revy let’s talk: Christmas cheer, or not

It’s Christmas time in Revelstoke. It’s a time of celebration, lights are… Continue reading

Sagmoen mischief trial today

Trial starts at 9:30 a.m. in Vernon Law Courts

Snowfall warning issued for Highway 1 from east of Sicamous to Golden

Environment Canada says to expect 15-30 cm of snow by Thursday evening

Q and A with MLA Doug Clovechok for Columbia River Revelstoke

Columbia River Treaty, Three Valley Gap improvements, caribou, and invasive species were discussed

Cannabis gift ideas for this holiday season

Put the green in happy holidays, now that cannabis is legal in Canada

Similkameen gas station attendant has gun pulled on her

Keremeos gas station attendant tells story about man with gun coming to store

‘People talk about deep sadness:’ Scientists study climate change grief

Some call it environmental grief, some call it solastalgia — a word coined for a feeling of homesickness when home changes around you.

As protectors abandon Trump, investigation draws closer

Cohen was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for an array of crimes.

Senate delays start of sittings in new home, delaying start of broadcasts

The Senate and House of Commons are moving into temporary homes for the next decade as a result of long-planned and badly needed renovations to the Centre Block.

UK leader seeks EU lifeline after surviving confidence vote

EU leaders gather for a two-day summit, beginning Thursday, which will center on the Brexit negotiations.

Warrant issued for South Okanagan man facing manslaughter charges

Sylvain Modeste Demers is wanted on a warrant

Snowfall warning for Coquihalla, B.C. highways

It’s another wintry day for B.C. highways

French police try to catch attack suspect dead or alive

Local authorities increase death toll to three, including 13 wounded and five in serious condition

Most Read