Man rescued dog from the river
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An unusual rescue ended successfully on Monday when crews from the Oliver Fire Department responded to a car in the Okanagan River, north of Lake Osoyoos, in which an elderly man and his dog were trapped.
The call came around 10:30 am when a car went off track near Road 22 that crossed the waterway and was half submerged.
“It’s not often that cars swim down the river,” said fire chief Bob Graham.
The fire department dispatched two lifeguards to help and found that the car was submerged to the bottom of the windows. It seemed to the rescuers that the older man inside may have had trouble escaping, although it is unclear why this was the case at the time.
“Maybe it was a bit of a shock from the cold water, I don’t know if there was a medical problem,” said Graham.
The man had his dog with him, and both were successfully brought ashore. At that point, the man was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Graham said his team was trained on such water rescues and that this was a scenario they were well prepared for.
The dog also helped with the rescue and was in good health and in a good mood. He is now being looked after by the local dog control authorities.