UPDATE: Unconscious teenage girl pulled from North Thompson River now recovering

A 15-year-old girl was taken to the hospital on Friday night after being pulled from the North Thompson River near Heffley Creek.

Kamloops Fire Rescue platoon captain Troy Grant says crews arrived at the riverbank near Station Road and found the girl unconscious around 7:40 p.m. on Friday, May 8.

“A 15-year-old girl was brought to the hospital that day,” Grant says. "She was partly submerged in the river when fire crews got there… firefighters rode with them to the hospital, so that’s a serious condition."

Sarah Morris, media relations with B.C. Emergency Health Services, says two ambulances and a supervisor were dispatched and the patient was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Kamloops RCMP say in a media release the girl’s condition has continued to improve over the weekend.

According to witnesses, the girl had walked out into the water and suddenly collapsed. Those nearby pulled her out of the water and began first aid. RCMP believe alcohol may have been a factor.

If you witnessed this incident or have information about the circumstances leading up to the incident, call the Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000.

— This story was updated at 2:02 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2020 to add information from the RCMP.

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