On Saturday, August 3rd, a 16-year-old female driver of a vehicle carrying two passengers lost control, causing the vehicle to enter Whiteswan Lake. The driver and one passenger were able to escape from the vehicle, but a five-year-old boy stayed restrained in his seat. The Kimberley RCMP detachment reported that the vehicle submerged between five and seven feet.
The accident was noticed by two brothers from Alberta, who immediately ran over and jumped into the water. After several attempts, they managed to free the five-year-old.
When they carried him to shore, the boy was unconscious and a bystander administered CPR, Constable Trevor Slunt told The Echo.
The boy is said to be doing well, and his father told the RCMP there are still medical tests for the boy to pass before he will be released from hospital.
All the vehicle’s occupants are from the Kootenays.
“Without the brothers’ quick response it’s likely the outcome would have been tragic,” Cpl. Chris Newel said in a release. “We want to recognize them for their quick action.”