Whitehorse, Yukon – On July 5, 2021 at 8:09 pm, Whitehorse RCMP received 911 calls that a female had been swept into the Yukon River after jumping off of the cliffs at Miles Canyon with friends. A male had jumped in to rescue her and was clinging to the cliffs.
Whitehorse RCMP immediately deployed their boat with trained operators. A civilian provided a life jacket to the female who was picked up by a civilian boat. RCMP boat operators were able to reach the male on the cliff north of the suspension bridge and brought him to safety in the boat. Whitehorse Fire Department also deployed and used a helicopter to assist in the search.
Whitehorse RCMP wishes to thank all citizens who assisted the female at Schwatka Lake and Whitehorse Fire Department for their response. Whitehorse RCMP also wishes to remind all Yukoners that the swift water and high water conditions currently in the Whitehorse area continues to be a risk to those participating in water activities. The Miles Canyon area is extremely fast water and provides danger to anyone entering the water.
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