December 10, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Volunteer firefighters saved a 12-year-old girl who had been clinging to a tree in fast-moving flood water near Ste. Rose du Lac on Saturday night.
RCMP said the girl and her father were in a vehicle and were trying to cross a "low-level crossing" that was under water. The vehicle got stuck.
The girl got into the water and was immediately swept downstream. When emergency crews arrived, they found the man on the roof of his vehicle and his daughter in the water holding onto a tree.
The firefighters waded into the water, which was up to their necks, and rescued the girl and then got the man as well.
Two firefighters, the girl and her father were taken to the Ste. Rose Hospital for treatment of various stages of hypothermia.
RCMP would like to remind everyone to use caution around spring waters. Streams and rivers are fast moving with cold temperatures and are dangerous.
Ste. Rose du Lac is approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Dauphin.