Five adults are lucky to be alive after an spending the night on the Beatton River.
On July 1st, 2010 the Fort St. John RCMP received a call about 5 over due “tubers” on the Beatton River. The five adults, three males and two females, had gone tubing on the Beatton River at around 11am on Canada Day.
By early evening, friends and family had become concerned when they couldn’t contact any of the individuals. The Fort St. John RCMP immediately started to gather information about the missing individuals activities.
During that time, one of the five individuals managed to walk out from the river and contact the RCMP. This person had been separated from the group and was in good condition. This person was able to inform the RCMP that the four remaining people were prepared for the cooler overnight conditions and had been drinking.
At 10:30pm, the RCMP called in North Peace Search and Rescue who provided a team of searchers to being searching the river. After searching five miles up stream thought the night and not locating the individuals, Bailey’s Helicopters was called in at first light on July 2nd.
At 5:15am Friday July 2nd, the four remaining individuals were located unscathed and transported back to Fort St. John. The RCMP will not be releasing the names of the five people involved.
The RCMP would like to remind the public that if your planning a trip in the outdoors, be sure to prepare for all weather conditions and emergency situations by carrying adequate supplies and a means of communication at all times. The RCMP would like to thank North Peace Search and Rescue and Bailey’s Helicopters for their help in this search.