Medicine Hat teen finds safety on is­land af­ter be­ing swept away in river cur­rent

Edmonton Journal - - CITY -

MEDICINE HAT. A 13-year-old boy in Medicine Hat is safe af­ter he was swept away by the strong cur­rent while play­ing with friends along the South Saskatchewan River.

Po­lice in the city say the teen was with two other boys on the river bank Tues­day evening when he got caught in the cur­rent and was car­ried about 300 me­tres down­stream.

He was able to scram­ble onto a small is­land in the mid­dle of the river.

Firefighters used their jet boat to res­cue him.

The boy was not in­jured. Emer­gency of­fi­cials say river lev­els are high this time of year and the cur­rent is swift, mak­ing the wa­ter­way dan­ger­ous.

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