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Male Rescued From River

On October twenty-eighth at 1752 hours New Westminster police patrol officers attended the river front boardwalk area, in the twelve-hundred block of Quayside Drive on reports of a male that had fallen into the Fraser River.

At scene, officers located the male as he floated in the river hanging on to a pillar that was connected to the dock. The male was conscious but cold. Officers were unable to reach the male however they immediately provided him with a personal floatation device and summonsed the New Westminster police boat.

The police boat arrived within minutes and officers were able to pull the male into the safety of the boat. The male was treated at scene for symptoms of hypothermia by Emergency Health Services and transported to Royal Columbian Hospital as a precautionary measure.

Witnesses to the incident advised police that the highly intoxicated male, a twenty-three year old Burnaby resident, was observed sitting on a railing with his back to the river when he suddenly slipped and fell in to the river.