March 20, 2014 water rescue - AFD response details

March 20, 2014 / For Immediate Release

AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – On Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 11:49 a.m. the Airdrie Fire Department responded to the report of vehicle entering Nose Creek in the area of Main Street and adjacent to the skate park.

On arrival, firefighters discovered that a single vehicle had left the roadway, breeched a perimeter safety fence and plunged into the icy creek. The vehicle had flipped onto the roof and was deeply submerged in the water. Bystanders informed crews that they believed a lone victim remained trapped inside the car and required rapid rescue.

Firefighters, wearing water rescue gear and armed with extrication equipment entered the very cold water to facilitate rescue. The passenger door was forcibly entered allowing firefighters to quickly locate and remove the male victim. His care was then transferred to AHS paramedics who were waiting on shore to provide immediate treatment and eventual transport to hospital. The immediate area around the car was then searched thoroughly for any possible additional victims. Once the search was completed the vehicle was towed from the water and onto the shore.

Two AFD firefighters were transferred to the Airdrie Urgent Care Centre for precautionary evaluation and treatment for exposure to the extreme conditions.

The cause of the incident remains under investigation by Airdrie RCMP. Further patient condition updates will be provided by Alberta Health Services.

There were five pieces of apparatus and twelve firefighters on scene.

The Airdrie Fire Department reminds all residents to be cautious around all city waterways during these rapidly changing weather conditions.

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