Emergency crews likely save man’s life

A bit too much holiday cheer landed a local man in the frigid waters of Vernon Creek last week

A bit too much holiday cheer landed a local man in the frigid waters of Vernon Creek last week, and thanks to emergency crews he was fortunate to be pulled to safety.

“One of our local street people was very lucky to have emergency personnel take just a little bit extra effort that likely saved his life,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.

RCMP officers were initially called to Centennial Drive Dec. 23 by the Ambulance service after a known street person refused service.

“The medical crew was concerned because this male was staggering around the back alleys,” said Molendyk.

“Our officer decided to make patrols because the temperature was low and he wanted to locate this man for his own well being.”

During attempts to relocate the individual, the officer spotted him out of the corner of his eye, just as he fell into the creek behind the downtown Safeway (near the duck park). He went in over his head.

“The man could not have gotten out of the creek on his own due to his intoxication.”

Officers dragged him out of the chilly waters, he was assessed by paramedics and was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital.

“He is very fortunate,” said Molendyk. “Anybody who falls into the creek at this temperature at this time of year, you don’t last very long.”