A logjam is at the end of Lickman Road on the Vedder River, photographed in the summer of 2019, illustrates how dangerous the river can be. (Chilliwack Search and Rescue file photo)

Rescue on the river prompts warning from Chilliwack RCMP

‘Preparation, common sense, and staying within limits are recommended,’ warn police

The Vedder River may look inviting, but it’s a dangerous waterway with a history of drownings.

And a recent incident on the river has prompted the Chilliwack RCMP to issue a safety reminder to the public.

On July 20, someone had to call the police for help when their friend got stranded on a boulder in the Vedder River. RCMP quickly initiated a search and found the person on the side of the river, near Chilliwack Liumchen Forest Road.

This is “a reminder for folks enjoying the region’s waterways and backcountry to be prepared before setting out,” says Cpl. Mike Rail. Weather and water conditions constantly alter the recreational environment.

In May, a young man from India died at a popular swimming spot along the river, Teskey Rock.

“Preparation, common sense, and staying within limits are recommended means to have a safe and enjoyable water experience,” Rail said.

They have provided the following water safety tips:

• Always wear a personal flotation device.

• Do not put your feet in fast moving water deeper than the length of your arm.

• Be wary of the dangers of cold-water immersion.

• Alcohol and waterways do not mix.

For more tips on water safety, visit Chilliwack Search and Rescue’s website.

READ MORE: UPDATE: Body of 22-year-old man from India recovered from Vedder River in Chilliwack


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