It could have been a worse incident for boaters this past weekend on the Red Deer River.

The Drumheller Fire Department was called out on Friday, June 16 to help three young gentlemen.

"They were just going down the river in a channel and there was a tree across it. They ended up hitting the tree and the boat sunk and tossed them out. They were on the island unhurt, there were no injuries, but it's just Murphy's Law," explained Fire Chief, Bruce Wade.

"I was up above on the road directing (the) ambulance and police. We took them to Newcastle Beach where the EMS and RCMP met up with them to check them out," Wade noted. "It was early enough that it wasn't dark, which can make things really difficult on the river."

No matter the boating trip always be prepared and remember some safety tips such as be weather wise, develop a float plan, make proper use of a life jacket, learn to swim and take a boating course. Taking extra precautions can help prepare you for the boating trip.

"It certainly can, especially with how the river flowing the way it is now; it's up a bit and flowing quicker. You have to be aware of what's going on around you," Wade added.

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