Drumheller Fire De­part­ment res­cues boaters

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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.

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