Seven-year-old boy rescued from Sheep River near Okotoks

On June 26 at approximately 5 p.m., Okotoks RCMP received a call for help for a seven-year old boy who needed to be rescued from the Sheep River, in the southeast section of Okotoks.

Two adults, a man and a woman, jumped into the river to rescue the boy. The two adults and the seven-year old boy were swept downstream due to the fast moving water. The man was able to safely reach a sand berm and help the seven-year old while waiting for help.

Okotoks RCMP and Municipal Enforcement attended the scene. One RCMP officer and one Municipal Enforcement officer entered and crossed the fast moving river with floatation bags.

Okotoks Fire Department and Alberta Emergency Medical Services also attended the scene to assist in the rescue. All persons rescued were transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Thanks to a quick response by everyone involved, all three were safely rescued.

Okotoks RCMP are advising the water is fast moving, still quite cold and are advising the public to stay away from the riverbank this weekend.

Sheep River photo near Okotoks (Albeks Twitter photo)

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