Calgary Fire Department responds to south east river rescue
At approximately 1:00 this afternoon, Calgary fire crews were called to the Bow River near the Graves Bridge for reports of one and possibly two people in the water. Initial reports were that a man fishing had witnessed another man, also fishing nearby, fall into the water and unable to get himself up and out. The man was then swept away by the current. The angler who witnessed this, immediately went into the river after the submerged man, swam to him, pulled him onto the shore and started CPR.
When fire crews arrived, they took over CPR until patient care could be transferred to arriving EMS personnel and transported to hospital. It is unknown at this time what caused the angler to fall into the water.
The rescuer was assessed by Calgary Fire Department personnel and aside from being very cold, was uninjured.
The rescuer put himself at risk to save his fellow angler's life. This incident and others like it are submitted to the Calgary Fire Department's 'Beyond the Call Program' for recognition at an annual luncheon.