Youth rushed to hospital following drowning incident

Kamloops City

2020-05-11 12:56 PDT

File # 2020-14877

Emergency crews rushed a youth to hospital following a drowning incident in the North Thompson River Friday evening.

On May 8, 2020 shortly before 8 p.m., Kamloops RCMP were called to assist BC Emergency Health Services and the local fire department who were responding to the area of Station Road and Zirnhelt Road for a report of a youth involved in a possible drowning incident. Frontline officers arrived on scene to find emergency paramedics performing life saving measures on the 15-year-old female youth.

Police spoke with some witnesses who remained at the scene and learned that the youth walked out into the river, when she suddenly collapsed. Associates pulled the girl from the water and began first aid measures. Early indicators suggest that alcohol may have been involved.

The victim was rushed to hospital in critical condition. Her condition has improved over the weekend, and she continues to recover.

Police would like to speak with anyone else who may have witnessed the event, or the circumstances leading up to the incident. Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

Released by:
S/Sgt. Sascha Fesenko

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