Person swept down Coquihalla River

A man was pulled out of the water near the first Othello Tunnel on Tuesday

Hope Search and Rescue helped pull a man out of the Coquihalla River near Othello Tunnels on Tuesday afternoon.

The team was called out by the Emergency Coordination Centre at about 4:50 p.m. The man had been swimming in the river just before Othello Tunnels when he got swept away by the strong current due to the high water level. HSAR called for mutual aid from Chilliwack SAR and Valley Helicopters for HETS long-line rescue.

The man was pulled out of the water near the first tunnel using a rescue raft and swiftwater personnel. He was checked by B.C. Ambulance Service and released.

Earlier in the day, HSAR assisted with a two-vehicle accident on Highway 3, about eight kilometers from Manning Park Lodge. The team was called out at 9:35 a.m. and helped load the individuals onto the helicopter at the scene. Chilliwack SAR was called to assist, but was cancelled on route.