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Water Rescue on South Saskatchewan river

For immediate release: August 12, 2020 - 7:32am

At approximately 5:39 p.m. on August 11, 2020, the Saskatoon Fire Department received a 911 call reporting persons in the South Saskatchewan River, holding onto logs in an area downstream of the University Bridge. One fire engine, one water rescue unit, one battalion chief were committed to this incident. 

Water Rescue One with three surface water technicians aboard was deployed onto the South Saskatchewan River from an emergency boat launch and proceeded to rescue an individual located 225 meters upstream from the buoys, then continued further downstream to retrieve the second person.  Neither individual were wearing life jackets.

The rescued adults, one male and one female, were brought to shore, assessed by firefighter/paramedics and after determining they sustained no injuries, were turned over to the Saskatoon Police Service.

The Saskatoon Fire Department encourages all river users to wear life jackets.