Capsized canoeists climb from Glenmore reservoir
Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:43PM MDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:35PM MDT
The Calgary Fire Department was called out after two people in a canoe hit the water when their boat capsized south of Glenmore Landing on Wednesday afternoon.
The canoeists went into the water at about 3:30 p.m. and were able to rescue themselves and make it to shore before crews arrived.
The pair was wearing life-jackets and emergency crews say the flotation devices were very beneficial to their self-rescue.
"They were offshore about 100 feet and they had to swim to shore and one young man is extremely cold, shivering, but at this time EMS is going to check them out and make sure everything's okay but it appears they're going to be okay," said Tim Minue from Calgary EMS.
The boaters were transferred to EMS for assessment and firefighters helped to return their canoe.
"This is an extremely dangerous situation, if their canoe would have tipped over further out in the reservoir, they could easily have had a lot more issues with being able to get to shore," said Minue.
Minue says hyperthermia is a concern at this time of year because the temperature of the water is quite cold.