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Mountie hero
Fort Smith's Cpl. Scott braves fast moving Slave River to rescue woman

Paul Bickford
Northern News Services
Published Monday, June 21, 2010

THEBACHA/FORT SMITH - A Fort Smith RCMP officer swam out into the Slave River last week to rescue a woman in distress in a fast-moving current.

According to an RCMP news release, Cpl. Scott Young removed his heavy police equipment before swimming to the woman - about 20 feet from shore - and bringing her to safety.

The RCMP had received a call at about 9:20 a.m. on June 17 advising that an adult female was calling from near the Slave River and threatening to harm herself in the river.

Officers searched the area on ATV and by police truck, aided by a corrections officer from River Ridge Correctional Centre.

Young located the woman on the shore while searching a trail by ATV. Moments later, he noticed the female was in the river and in distress. Once the woman was back on shore, Young was assisted by Sgt. Grant Payne, Auxiliary Constable James MacDonald and corrections officer Pat Burke.

An RCMP jet boat was required to transport the woman to a safe location on shore and to a waiting ambulance, which brought her to the Fort Smith Health Centre.

Neither the rescued woman nor Young were injured.

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