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UPDATE: Woman rescued after falling 20' into canyon pool

September 04, 2014 - 8:21 PM

KAMLOOPS - A woman in her early 20s had to be rescued Thursday night after the rope her group was using to rappel in Tranquille Canyon broke, making her fall into a pool near the river below.

"Basically they were trying to access a canyon with pools to go swimming," Kamloops Search and Rescue Search Manager Alan Hobler said. "The female fell about 20 feet and landed in the pool."

The victim was pulled out of the river by one of the males in her climbing party while the other two went for help. RCMP were first on scene and able to access the woman. When search and rescue crews were called in she was reported as either unconscious or semi-conscious, which led to the greater sense of urgency.

“There’s a high sense of urgency on this one,” he said as crew prepared to fly to the scene around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. “We have a rope rescue team, a swift water team and a paramedic.”

Rescue teams were set to be the first medical on scene, which was near the Watching Creek area. The rope teams packaged up the young woman, who was conscious but banged up, and transported her to a waiting ambulance where she was checked over and released on the scene.

"Subjects rescued and everyone home safe," Hobler reported just before 1 a.m.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

 — This story was updated at 10:03 a.m., Sept. 5, 2014 to note subjects were rescued.

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