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Kamloops Fire Rescue warns of low water levels after Thompson River rescue

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August 31, 2016 - 11:30 AM

KAMLOOPS - A mother and son from Tobiano ran into trouble on the Thompson River last night when their seadoo ran into a sandbar.

Kamloops Fire Rescue Platoon Capt. Steve Butchart says crews were called to the mouth of the Thompson, going into Kamloops Lake, just before dark last night.

"A seadoo-type machine got onto a sandbar and they were stuck," Butchart says.

Crews were able to get the mother and her son off of the sandbar and into a rescue boat, where they were given blankets to keep warm.

Another boat towed the seadoo back to Tobiano. It's not known if the pair was wearing lifejackets, but Butchart says more incidents like this could happen now that water levels are getting lower.

“It’s the same old thing. It’s that time of year… where the water is low. Sandbars are starting to show," Butchart says.

With the Labour Day long weekend coming up, Butchart says it's crucial for people to follow the rules of the water, wear life jackets and refrain from drinking while operating any type of vehicle.

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