Calgary

2 adults, 1 child saved from Bow River after raft capsizes

The Calgary Fire Department's aquatics rescue team had to respond quickly Thursday morning after an inflatable raft containing two adults and a child capsized on the Bow River.

Calgary Fire Department's aquatics team responded and brought trio to safety

A Calgary Fire Department rescue crew patrols the Bow River in this file photo. Crews were called to the Bow River in the city's northwest on Thursday for a water rescue. (Pat Fogg/CBC)

The Calgary Fire Department's aquatics rescue team had to respond quickly Thursday morning after an inflatable raft containing two adults and a child capsized on the Bow River.

Crews were called just before 10:30 a.m. Thursday after the raft struck a bridge abutment in the city's northwest, throwing all three of the rafters into the river, the department said in a release.

The rafters were carried approximately 500 metres downstream, where firefighters found them.

Firefighters picked up one adult and one child close to shore and brought them to land.

The other adult was able to hang on to a large rock, where she called 911 with her cellphone. Crews found and rescued the woman, bringing her to land.

CFD said all three were assessed by EMS and no injuries were reported. All were wearing life-jackets.

"As always, Calgarians are reminded to use caution and be prepared for anything on the water," the department wrote in a release. 

"All watercraft users must wear life-jackets, ensure they have the required equipment for boating, and must avoid consuming alcohol and other intoxicants on Calgary's waterways."

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