The 12-year-old girl who was saved by volunteer firefighters last Saturday as she clung to a tree from a frigid, fast-moving creek near Ste. Rose du Lac has returned home.
The girl was treated for hypothermia and released Wednesday from hospital, RCMP said.
The girl and her father were travelling in their truck across a low-level crossing of a creek just outside town in the dark about 10 p.m., unaware the water had risen to impassable levels. The truck's engine became wet and stopped running, stranding them in the vehicle with swirling creek water halfway up the doors.
Knowing her father could not swim, she had attempted to swim to the creek bank but was swept away by the flood water. She managed to hang onto a nearby tree until help arrived.
Two volunteer firefighters went neck-deep into the water to rescue the girl, while her father was rescued from the roof of the truck by firefighters who reached him using the bucket of a neighbour's tractor.