Pair tangled on bridge pillar

The Penticton Fire Department was called to the Channel on Monday afternoon to help a pair of floaters tangled on the Eckhardt Ave. bridge.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 p.m., according to deputy chief Chris Forster.

“It was the usual instance of people tying their rafts together with rope,” he said.

After the husband and wife duo became stuck on the bridge pillar, the male jumped out in the hope that it would free his wife. However, the woman remained stuck in her raft, which was taking on water.

To her credit, she could swim and was wearing a life jacket, said Forster.

Fire crews eventually freed the woman from the bridge pillar, and helped her to shore. The pair walked away down Eckhardt Ave. after reassuring a gathered crowd, “we are fine, we’re OK.”

Forster says the incident serves as another reminder to never tie rafts together on the Penticton Channel.

A 20-year-old man drowned on June 28, after getting caught on the Green Mountain Road bridge in a similar manner. 

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