Entwistle, Alberta – Evansburg RCMP and Alberta Parks are issuing a public safety message following an influx of search and rescue operations along the Pembina River.
Evansburg RCMP have investigated 17 missing persons complaints involving 60 people along the Pembina River over the last five years. Fortunately all have been located safe, with only one reported case of hypothermia reported. So far this summer, Evansburg RCMP have already safely resolved four missing persons complaints involving 18 people along the Pembina River.
Visitors and residents of the area who are wishing to tube the Pembina River on their own are reminded to take extra steps and be prepared for the journey:
- Know the area, review maps and understand how long your journey will take
- Notify a responsible person where you are going, who you are with, and the route you plan on taking
- Dress appropriately for the weather, including use of a wet suit when necessary
- Wear a life jacket
- Avoid consuming alcohol
- Bring a cell phone and store it properly for the conditions
“We encourage area residents and visitors to enjoy the variety of outdoor activities that the area has to offer but remind them to be responsible for their safety and plan ahead. Search and rescue operations of this magnitude pull emergency resources away from a number of agencies and these occurrences are certainly preventable with appropriate planning and preparedness”, said Sgt. Brian Topham, Detachment Commander of Evansburg RCMP.
Evansburg RCMP can be contacted at 780-727-4446 in the case of emergencies.
East Alberta District – RCMP Media Relations
Environment and Parks Communications