Jet Ski Accident on Nechako River
Prince George, B.C. – At least one person was left in need of medical attention following an incident in which two people wound up in the Nechako River Sunday afternoon.
First responders were called to the Foothills Bridge shortly after 3:30 pm to deal with a report that someone was in difficulty in the river well upstream of the bridge but within city limits.
The person who phoned in the report joined police, fire and ambulance personnel at the bridge. The man, who does not want his name publicized, indicated to 250 News that there were two people involved. He says “I didn’t see them go in the water, they just were floating down the river, well they weren’t floating they were in panic mode yelling “help”. They must have stayed with the boat until they got to the houses at the north end of North Nechako (road).”
Asked if the two had been in a boat he said “to begin with, and as soon as they got to the houses they started trying swimming to shore, and the young guy got to shore just about at my place, or just upstream from me (in the 8000 block North Nechako), and the next guy was still floating and he was quite a bit older. He was out of energy and was just floating with his life jacket on.”
The eyewitness clarifies that it was not a boat that was involved. “Ya it looked like a jet ski, they had two guys on it earlier when it went up the river.” He also believes it is 7 or 8 kilometres from his property to the Foothills Bridge.
He says he attempted to move along the river bank as the older man was floating down the river but “I couldn’t keep up to him.” Asked he if believed the man had been carried down river past the bridge he said “oh he hasn’t gone past here, he wouldn’t have gone past here.”
Then as we were speaking word came that a man had come out of the river in the 7000 block Bench Drive and an official on scene stated “they got both of them.” That was at 4:10 pm.
The eyewitness says “everybody knows everybody along the river and I think there was people phoning down the river that knew people had boats, and he is out.”
An ambulance was sent from the bridge to the Bench Drive location after word came that one person was suffering from hypothermia. There is no indication of that person’s condition or the condition of the younger person involved at this time.