Drumheller Fire Department rescues boaters
The Drumheller Fire Department plucked three boaters from an island near Newcastle Beach after sinking their craft.
The Department was called out at about 9 p.m. Friday, June 16. Fire Chief Bruce Wade tells that three young men were boating on the river when they hit a log in the water. “There is an island upstream from Newcastle Beach. Part of the river channel goes between that island and the hospital, and they were just in that channel,” said Wade. The jet boat sank and the three occupants managed to pull themselves on to the island. A resident living along the river reported the incident.
‘ We responded with our Unit 11 Boat, and our Number 4 Rescue unit,” said Wade.
They launched from Newcastle Beach and were able to retrieve the boaters. There were no injuries.
At approximately 11:15 a.m. on Friday, June 16, a Taber Classic Hotshot truck hauling a large oilfield tank through the Village of Carbon on the 836 south highway, clipped two power lines.
“Unfortunately they contacted an overhead Telus cable which was attached to our ATCO poles,” said Nick Peelar, Drumheller ATCO area supervisor. “As a result two of our poles ended up getting damaged.”
An ATCO work crew is was on scene to address the damages and complete a replacement. To do so properly and safely, 17 Carbon residents were left without power.
The power was restored that evening.