On Sunday, March 4, a rescue on the Red Deer river occurred at approximately 4:13 p.m. below the Gordon Taylor Bridge on the south side.

Two people were rescued on the river due to a snow machine running over frail ice into running river water, which caused the machine to partially sink into the river.

The fire department responded with two of its firemen, equipped with dry suits to protect them from hypothermia, who managed to retrieve the two individuals from the river. The two people, cold and soaking wet, were taken by EMS and treated for any ailments that may have been caused by the cold water.

River water flowing is extremely dangerous because you can't tell which parts of the ice hold its frozen integrity and which spots do not. The fire department would like to advise the public to be extremely cautious and aware of ice conditions before heading out on a snow machine. These types of calls to emergency services can be preventable if an individual uses common sense. It isn't only unsafe or life-threatening to the person who is stuck on the ice, but to first responders as well.

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