Members of Drumheller's volunteer fire department were jolted out of their sleep early this morning for a river rescue.
"That was a Mental Health Act (case)," explained RCMP Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles. "It was a suicidal male; Fire came out in their boat, grabbed him and took him to the hospital."
"He went into the river and Fire came and scooped him out," he continued. "We don't want anyone drowning in the river and fortunatley, Fire had the proper tools and techniques and trained personnel for river rescues."
The Drumheller Fire Department responded a little before 4:30 a.m. with its rescue boat, along with a rescue truck and about a dozen firefighters. The unidentified man was rescued just downstream from the Badlands Community Facility.
"Typically, the river is so low you can walk across there," Charles noted. "Usually it's in the spring or fall during freeze-up and break-up that they have a skiddoo go underwater through the ice."
Because of the sensitive nature of the case, no further information will be made public.