Barriere Search and Rescue mobilized to help injured jet skiers

Barriere SAR received an emergency call out from BC Ambulance the afternoon of Aug. 11, 2016

Barriere Search and Rescue received an emergency call out from BC Ambulance the afternoon of Aug. 11 to rescue a pair of jet boat skiers who had collided with a sandbar in the North Thompson River.

Barriere SAR where quick to mobilize, as well as Barriere First Responders, and RCMP.

Kamloops SAR Water Rescue was asked to assist but was stood down when the need for a boat was no longer required. Air Ambulance was also called but stood down as well.

Apparently four jet skiers had been enjoying their machines on the river when two of the riders and their units collided with a sandbar.

It took Barriere SAR about 60 minutes to put together a rope rescue and get the injured skiers into an ambulance.

Barriere RCMP stated that alcohol and speed were not factors in the accident, but the jet skiers were simply unfamiliar with their surroundings.

Jet skiers are advised to watch their speed and be aware of obstacles such as sandbars in the water.

The injured skiers were reportedly from Kamloops, and although pretty banged up received no serious injuries.