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

Revelstoke ladies make 2,200 cabbage rolls for charity

The money raised was donated to former NHL player Aaron Volpatti, who is raising funds for ALS

Revelstoke Golf Club open weeks early

The club didn’t open until May last year

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Clear skies and pushing 20 C

Environement Canada forcasts a sunny and warm Easter weekend

Revelstoke roads and weather: mix of sun and cloud

Heavy rains have destabilized the snowpack. Be careful in the backcountry

Update: Fire destroys Peachland home on Somerset Avenue

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Summerland student examines effects of sound

Science fair project will go to national competition in New Brunswick

Cuteness overload: duckling thinks dog is its mom

Vernon photographer Fiona Hook shot a cute video after noticing one of her ducklings had taken a special liking to her dog.

Sons of Anarchy’s Kim Coates stops by Okanagan café

Coates was spotted in West Bank’s Kekuli Café on April 20

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read