Girl found in frozen slough rushed to hospi­tal

Regina Leader-Post - - FRONT PAGE - DAVE DEIBERT

SASKA­TOON An 11-year-old girl suf­fer­ing from hy­pother­mia and other in­juries was rushed to Wyn­yard hospi­tal after she was found face down near a frozen slough out­side the Saskatchewan com­mu­nity of Bank­end.

Ac­cord­ing to RCMP, the Wyn­yard de­tach­ment re­ceived a call Thurs­day at 5:13 p.m. from a mother about her miss­ing daugh­ter.

Po­lice said the mother was away from the home and the girl had been home sick, and that the girl was be­lieved to have left on her own be­tween 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. When the mother re­turned, she saw foot­prints in the snow.

“After fol­low­ing the tracks as far as she could and check­ing with neigh­bours, the mother called po­lice for as­sis­tance,” RCMP said.

The search had been un­der­way for about two hours when a lo­cal vol­un­teer found a set of tracks just out­side the search area. The vol­un­teer fol­lowed the foot­prints in a 4x4 truck across a field, through light bush and to­ward a slough about six kilo­me­tres out­side the ham­let, where searchers “lo­cated the girl col­lapsed face down in the snow but still alive,” RCMP said.

An RCMP spokesman on Fri­day said the girl re­mained in hospi­tal.

The wind chill around the time was -17 C. The spokesman said the girl was dressed ap­pro­pri­ately for the weather and wear­ing winter cloth­ing when she was found.

Bank­end is about 160 kilo­me­tres north­east of Regina.

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