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Vernon Search and Rescue urges caution after 3 water rescues in a week

VSAR provided water safety tips in a Facebook post Thursday
Vernon Search and Rescue conducted three water rescues in the past week, the team said on Facebook Thursday, June 20, 2024.

Vernon Search and Rescue (VSAR) is reminding people to be cautious after conducting three separate rescues on the water in the past week. 

VSAR shared a post on Facebook Thursday saying the team has been busy with water rescues of late.

"In one case our subject did everything right and was well prepared," VSAR said of one of the rescues. "A small amount of effort to ensure that they had proper safety equipment as well as reliable communication resulted in a quick and smooth rescue."

Heading into a sunny early-summer weekend, VSAR imparted "a bit of wisdom," sharing the following safety tips:

• Our local rivers are flowing fast and have a lot of strainers and hidden hazards.

• The water in local lakes and rivers is cold, hypothermia is still possible on hot days and useful muscle movement is lost very quickly in cold water.

• PFDsl/life jackets save lives.

• Alcohol and water are a very dangerous combination.

The search and rescue group also reminded people that rescues in B.C. are always free.

"Please do not hesitate to call 911 as soon as you think you need assistance. We love what we do and as long as we can respond safely we will come and help. 24/7/365."



Brendan Shykora

About the Author: Brendan Shykora

I started at the Morning Star as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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