A three-person water rescue crew from the North Corman Park Search and Rescue (NCPSR) organization is assisting in the search for a 17-year-old swimmer who went missing in the South Saskatchewan River on Sunday, July 16.
The water rescue crew took to the water near the Berry Barn south of Saskatoon at about 10:00 a.m. on Monday, July 17. Saskatoon RCMP issued a request at 11:50 p.m. on Sunday, July 16 to the NCPSR organization to assist in the search, according to NCPSR President Duwayne Woodland.
“The crew members, Bill McCombs, Devon King and Chad Eckes, are specially trained in water rescue, particularly in rivers with a swift-flowing current,” said Woodland in an interview on July 17. “They are using a Zodiac watercraft.”
Search crews from Saskatoon and Regina search and rescue organizations have also been activated to comb the shorelines of the South Saskatcehwan River.
This is the first time the NCPSR water rescue team has been activated in a search and rescue operation, said Woodland.
However, it is not the first time the crew has been called on. The water rescue team also assisted at the canoe races held at Batoche the weekend before.
The search is continuing for a swimmer who went missing in the South Saskatchewan River south of Saskatoon.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, Saskatoon RCMP were notified of a missing, 17-year-old male swimmer on the South Saskatchewan River south of Saskatoon.
Witnesses confirmed that the youth went missing from the beach at a canoe launch approximately 12 kms. south of the city.
RCMP, Saskatoon Police Service and Saskatoon Fire Department all have resources on the scene and are continuing to search the water and surrounding area.
Further updates will be provided as they become available.