Previous water rescue in Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows (Black Press files)

Previous water rescue in Maple Ridge - Pitt Meadows (Black Press files)

Pitt Meadows fire attend water rescue

A boat is stranded upon a sand bank on the Pitt River

Pitt Meadows fire department were called for a water rescue on the Pitt River near Grant Narrows boat launch at around 3:15 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Early reports indicate a boat was stranded upon a sand bar in the river., and Scan BC were reporting multiple people involved, some with facial lacerations.

Pitt Meadows Deputy Fire Chief Dave Biggins said the incident was fairly minor.

“It was a couple in a canoe that had got stuck in the mud flats at the entrance to Pitt Lake,” he said. “One of the people had fallen and struck her head in the canoe.

“Like most of the rescues on Pitt Lake,” Biggins added, “They were helped by bystanders.”

READ MORE: Ridge Meadows Search and Rescue aid woman stranded by waterfall

As the emergency call referenced a head injury, an air ambulance was been called to the scene, but it was cancelled soon after emergency crews arrived at the scene, Biggins said.

“By the time Pitt Meadows fire and Ridge Meadows RCMP attended, the two patients were already on their way back to the boat ramp,” he said.

“One bystander had already administered some first-aid, and some other bystanders used their personal boats to go assist the two people and bring them back.”

With icy cold waters, and strong tides, Biggins said the couple are fortunate the incident wasn’t any worse.

“They’re very lucky there are people on that lake willing to help out,” he said.

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