Doggone happy ending to Thompson River rescue

By Vanessa Ybarra
February 4, 2017 - 2:29pm Updated: February 5, 2017 - 4:35pm

KAMLOOPS —  Saturday's rescue of two missing people along the Thompson River has a happy ending.

According to Alan Hobler with Kamloops Search and Rescue, crews received a call from a witness who spotted what looked like a woman and man struggling to swim in the Thompson River east of Lafarge just after noon.

Close to 15 Kamloops and Shuswap search members scoured the area by foot and helicopter, with a drone team also brought in to look for the pair. 

Shortly into the search, helicopter crews spotted footprints leading to a nearby home, where they eventually found the man and woman.

"The story was the couple had their dog out and the dog ran out on the ice and broke through," said Hobler. "They knew the river really well and they knew it was a shallow area so they went out on the ice and broke through to rescue the dog."

Hobler says no one was in any extreme danger and the dog is perfectly fine.

In the meantime, Kamloops Search and Rescue is reminding the public to stay off river ice surfaces this time of year.

"It can be quite dangerous, said Hobler. "Some spots can be  thick on the river, then others can be really thin, it's deceiving." 



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