June 03, 2013 - 11:32 AM
A woman became stuck in a mucky marsh and was on the edge of succumbing to hypothermia when she was rescued by police Sunday night.
Kelowna RCMP received a call from worried family members about 11 p.m. June 2 asking them to search for the 26-year-old who left a Rutland recovery house earlier in the evening. Mounties were told she suffers from alcohol addiction and she may have purchased some liquor before wandering away. Her family was concerned for her well being.
The woman was found in the Chichester Wetlands Park, partly submerged in marshy water. She was bogged down and was too exhausted to free herself from the muck.
Const. Walker went into the marsh to hold the woman above the water until emergency crews arrived.
The Kelowna Fire Department arrived with equipment needed to pull both the woman and the constable from the mire. The woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for symptoms of hypothermia.
"Fortunately her family called when they did as it's very likely the woman would not have survived much longer, let alone the rest of the night in the frigid waters," said Const. Kris Clark.
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