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Bystanders save two lives in separate incidents
A trip to the Sloquet Hot Springs proved eventful for four Abbotsford men that intervened in back-to-back lifesaving efforts.
The first call to the RCMP came in at 8:45 p.m. on Nov. 17, regarding a woman who entered the Sloquet River to cool off after sitting in the hot pool and was caught up in the current. She was carried several hundred metres downstream before she caught herself on some debris. Four men worked together to pull her to safety and performed first aid. She was hypothermic and had badly bruised knees and legs from banging them off of rocks in the river.
The men were able to warm her up and called the police in Pemberton as well as ambulance services.
Meanwhile, as the rescuers were on their way to the remote location, they received a call from the Chilliwack RCMP after a Spot rescue beacon was activated in the area at roughly 9:30 p.m. There was a second emergency call from the same area regarding a male pinned under an ATV that had flipped on the road. The four men who helped the woman in the river also came to the aid of the man, lifting the ATV off of him and providing first aid.
The police arrived at 10:54 p.m. with emergency services, and the injured female was taken to the Pemberton Clinic and then sent off to Lions Gate hospital. The driver of the ATV, an 18-year-old Abbotsford male, was also treated for injuries in Pemberton, and faces charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing injury to his passenger.
Meanwhile the woman who fell into the river was stabilized, and told emergency crews that she would seek medical attention on her own.
The lighter side of the blotter...
Most arrested man arrested again?
On Feb. 2, a 48-year-old Mt. Currie male known to police was arrested for breach of his probation, which included conditions not to be intoxicated and not to be in Whistler. What was significant is that the male had 65 RCMP files in 2011 and 462 files on his police record, most relating to alcohol. Realizing it was impractical as a deterrent, the judge removed the condition banning the male from Whistler. Weeks later he would be arrested for singing loudly in the village, and, a few hours after that, for throwing snowballs at pedestrians in the village.
Botched drugging nets drug charges
People, and especially bar staff, in Whistler are hypersensitive to incidents of females having drugs slipped into their drinks at bars, which played a role in the arrest of a 39-year-old from Calgary in the early morning hours of Feb. 4. Bar staff observed the male attempting to put something in the drink of a young woman. Not knowing that the woman wanted the substance — MDMA — in her drink, they contacted the RCMP who found the bottle in the man's sock. He was arrested for trafficking a controlled substance.
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