Jun 21, 2012 / 3:52 pm
Two teens got more than they bargained for when they tried to float down Mission Creek Thursday afternoon.
According to police the two boys, about 15-years-old, and a dog were sailing down stream, from the KLO bridge, on two blow up rafts when the currents became to strong to continue on. The boys jumped out of their rafts, tied them up near the edge of the dike and walked away.
A passer-by, who watched the boys enter the water, came across their rafts in the creek and became concerned they had falling into the water.
Sgt. Brad Swecera says 911 was called and RCMP, the Fire Department, a Canine Unit and a police helicopter responded to the scene.
"Our biggest fear was that the individuals, that the witnesses saw, might have succumbed to the high waters in the river here."
The witness and a police officer managed to track down the boys.
Swecera says police were told the teens had trouble on the water and decided to jump out of their rafts before it was too late.
"I think it was good they had enough common sense to get out when they did, because if they kept going it (the water) gets a little faster and deeper. "
There are no charges pending in the incident, although Swecera says the two were given a stern warning.
"The fire department and the police spoke to the boys and told them the dangers that they faced by doing this. I think that they realized when they saw all the resources to respond, and I think it's a lesson. Hopefully other people get that lesson as well."
Both the boys and the dog were not injured in the incident.
Police say it may be the first warm day Kelowna has had in a few weeks, that doesn't mean it is safe to float down rivers or creeks, as the water still remains high and can be moving very fast.
The BC River Forecast Centre did issue a high stream flow advisory for Mission Creek several days ago and although the advisory was not updated on Thursday, waters are still running high.
Video: Jen Zielinski
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