Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and RCMP Search Bow River

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Calgary, Alberta – The Calgary Police Service, Calgary Fire Department and RCMP will be conducting a search of the Bow River in an attempt to find any missing persons who may have ended up in or on the banks of the river.


On Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, CPS will use HAWCS and the CPS Mounted Unit to conduct aerial and ground searches of the Bow River starting at the Bearspaw Dam in the northwest and moving south to the city limits.

If anything of note is spotted, the Calgary Fire Department Aquatic Rescue divers with members of CPS will be deployed to investigate further.

While CPS and CFD search the Bow River within the Calgary city limits, the Alberta RCMP Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Unit will deploy the RCMP helicopter along the Bow River from the southern city limits and continue east toward the Saskatchewan border.

The search is not for a specific individual but it is an unfortunate reality that some people voluntarily enter or fall into the dangerous waters of the river and are unable to get themselves out. By conducting the search, police hope to be able to bring some answers to families that have missing loved ones.

Should any bodies be retrieved, CPS would work with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine the identity of the individual and ensure no criminal offence has been committed.

The search is being conducted as water levels of the Bow River are at their lowest and clearest at this time of year.

Calgary Police Service