Tubing on the Pembina is fun, but be prepared, RCMP say
Seven women from Edmonton were stranded after missing their exit point on the river
RCMP in Evansburg are reminding people about the dangers of being on the Pembina River after seven tubers from Edmonton were rescued earlier this week.
The young women were stranded on Tuesday evening after missing their exit point.
An Edmonton Police helicopter was called in to help with the search.
The helicopter crew landed to check on the tubers. One of the women was immediately flown to a nearby ambulance because she was suffering from exposure.
The remaining six women were rescued by EMS staff and members of the Parkland and Yellowhead County Fire Departments, an operation that took ten hours because the area was so remote.
RCMP Sgt. Jim Desaultels says people who head out on the Pembina River need to prepare themselves for potential mishaps.
“It looks fun, and it is. But it can be very dangerous as well,” he said.
“Hypothermia can set in quite easily. On a hot day, it can be exposure, dehydration. And there's other dangers as well. You know, of course, there's rocks. You can twist an ankle, break an ankle. And of course there's drowning.”
Evansburg RCMP say they are called to look for lost tubers several times a week during the summer.
Police say low water makes the trip down the twisting river longer than people expect. The river also flows through a wilderness area that police say isn’t easily accessible or regularly patrolled.
Earlier this summer, a kayaker drowned and was later found downstream of Pembina Provincial Park.