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Penticton Citizens on Patrol come to aid of man in medical distress

Penticton RCMP media spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth credits Citizen on Patrol volunteers for saving a man's life on Saturday night, Feb.20, 2016.
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February 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM

PENTICTON - A Penticton man has some community volunteers to thank for saving his life this weekend.

Members of the Citizens on Patrol program came across a man in medical distress on the Lakeshore Drive beach sidewalk near the SS Sicamous around 11 p.m., Feb. 20, Penticton RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth says.

The patrol found the man experiencing muscle spasms, and unable to walk. A bag with an empty syringe lay nearby and it was determined he had taken unknown drugs.

The man was taken to Penticton Regional Hospital for examination.

“This is an example of our community volunteers being out and giving back. It’s unknown what might have happened if the man had wandered into the lake, or had been left overnight. He could have succumbed, not only from the drugs but from exposure to what was a cold night,” Wrigglesworth says, calling the effort a 'good move, that probably saved the man's life.'

To contact a reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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