New Westminster – For the second time in two weeks, members of the NWPD Marine Unit have rescued a person from the Fraser River.
On May 11, 2015 at approximately 7:30 pm, the NWPD received a report of a female being swept down the Fraser River in front of the New Westminster Quay. Sergeant Greg Smith, a member of the NWPD Marine Unit, immediately launched SHAW 1 with Constable Chad Neufeld and Constable Blake Mattinson on board. They quickly located the female underneath the boardwalk at the Quay and were able to pull her to safety onboard SHAW 1. At this point it is still unclear as to how or why the female ended up in the river.
Just over two weeks ago, on April 25, 2015 members of the NWPD Marine put SHAW 1 to use to rescue a male from the powerful Fraser River after his canoe had capsized and he was being swept away.
“SHAW 1 plays an integral part in delivering the highest level of service to the members of our community,” stated Chief Constable Dave Jones. “These calls for service could have ended in tragedy had it not been for the quick thinking of those members involved and their ability to successfully execute these rescues in highly stressful situations.”
In both of these instances, the individuals escaped their experiences unscathed thanks to the quick actions of the members of the NWPD Marine Unit and the availability of SHAW 1.