Friday April 18, 2014

Walk across river on ice not 'the smartest decision'

Someone apparently made it across the Thompson River by walking on ice near the Overlanders Bridge Thursday afternoon — a feat that left rescuers shaking their heads.

Kamloops Fire Rescue searched the area near the bridge after someone called police to report seeing a youth or small person on the ice.

Firefighters responded but couldn't find anyone — only footprints going out onto the ice on one side and off the ice on the other side.

"I don't think it was the smartest decision to make," Capt. Sheldon Guertin said.

Ice on the river is unpredictable with thin and thick spots that are hard to spot, especially with snow cover, he said.

Once someone falls through, it can be tough to get out and hypothermia soon sets in, he noted.

And if someone is pulled under the ice, a rescue effort can quickly turn into a recovery effort, Guertin said.

"If they go under the ice, there's no way to get them out."

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