At around 5:50 Sunday evening, Rivers/Daly Fire Department was dispatched to a water rescue in the north-east corner of Lake Whatopanah, also known as Rivers Lake.
Upon arrival, it was determined that a fishing boat had gotten hung up on rocks in the north-east corner of the lake, and the occupants were unable to free themselves from the rocks. 2 rescue boats, one from Rivers/Daly Fire Department and the other from Whitehead Fire Department, were deployed from Abe Wiebe Boat Launch and started rescue efforts.
4 occupants were found in the boat, and were transported in the 2 boats back to shore, where they were assessed by EMS.
According to Rivers/Daly Fire Chief Richard Brown, “We got the call at around 5:50 Sunday night, and we had our water rescue team in the water by 6:05. The patients were located at about 6:15, and we had everybody off the water by 7:15. It was a successful rescue, with a nice outcome. I’m very proud of our team, along with all of the other resources who responded to aid us.”