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Rescuers face ice capades

A man had to be tackled and carried off the dangerous ice of the Thompson River Friday afternoon before he was handcuffed and arrested by RCMP.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene just after 2 p.m. Feb 7 when various calls came in to 9-1-1 of a man on the ice.

“We got the call that a person was on the ice,” said Kamloops Assistant Fire Chief Les Noel. “He was out there with a shovel putting a cross in the ice.”

But despite the thin ice, freezing temperatures and his poor winter clothing, the man did not want to be rescued. Fleeing from fire crews and a helicopter before he was even eventually subdued.

“When we got here he refused to come off the ice but after a bit of work we finally got him off the ice and now he is with the RCMP,” added Noel.

Four ice rescue fire fighters carried the man to waiting RCMP.

The man who is called ‘Michael’ in the video utters ‘I almost got away’ and ‘God bless everyone.’

As he is handcuffed officers tell him he is being arrested under the Mental Health Act.

He argues, “I am not on drugs or anything. I am sober.”

To which the arresting officer replies, “Michael it is your mental health I am concerned about.”

It is still unclear why he was on the ice, why he evaded rescue and if he was injured.




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