High River Flow Hampering Search for Male Missing in South Saskatchewan River

Redcliff,  Alberta – Redcliff RCMP, in conjunction with South-Eastern Alberta Search and Rescue, Medicine Hat Fire Services and Cypress County Fire Services are postponing the search for the missing male who went into the South Saskatchewan River on the evening of May 31, 2017.

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Currently, the river has risen significantly since the search began, and that is showing a higher flow on the river combined with large amounts of sediment in the water. This makes searching and recovery efforts extremely dangerous for search teams.

Findlay Bridge, Medicine Hat (Photo by Canada Police Report)
Findlay Bridge, Medicine Hat (Photo by Canada Police Report)

The family of the missing man is extremely appreciative of the efforts put forth by all of the people working on the river and wish to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. In particular, they wish to thank “Search and Rescue, the RCMP, the Fire Department, Victim Services from Medicine Hat and Redcliff, the Red Cross, Days Inn, all Civilian Volunteers and Kelly Fischer for going above and beyond to help search for our son”.

Emergency Services would also like to thank members of the public for their thoughts for everyone involved, especially the family.
It is important to emphasize that this search is not finished, and that further efforts will be made once environmental conditions improve along the river to enable a safer search.


HALO searching river at Medicine Hat, Alberta

RCMP File 2017-670583

Redcliff RCMP


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