October 1, 2016 4:42 pm

Mounties use makeshift raft to rescue man caught in Peace River

A file photo of an RCMP cruiser.

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Some quick-thinking RCMP officers came up with a rather unusual plan to rescue a man caught in the Peace River Saturday morning.

According to police, officers were called to an area near downtown Peace River at around 9 a.m. after a man was reported to be in distress in the water.

Paramedics and rescue boats also responded and from the shore, emergency crews called for the man to try swimming to shore.

According to police, the man appeared to be unable to get to shore and eventually looked to be going under. At that point, two Mounties decided to take out the backseat of their police cruiser – which is made of foam – in order to float themselves out to the man.

They were able to bring him to shore where paramedics provided him with immediate attention.

The man’s condition is unknown and police did not disclose how he ended up in the water.

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