January 17, 2018
Wood Buffalo, Alberta – On January 14, 2018 at approximately 18:00 hours the Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a 911 call for assistance regarding a vehicle falling through the ice on the Clearwater River near the Snye Point Boat launch. The front end of the pick up truck fell through the ice as the vehicle drove out along the river. There were three occupants in the pick up truck. The occupants were able to exit the vehicle without incident. None of the occupants reported injuries to police. The pick up truck was able to be towed, and safely removed from the river.
Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to warn residents to avoid driving on the Athabasca River, even with the extremely cold temperatures. Rivers have currents, the currents do not necessarily allow the water to freeze, even in frigid temperatures. Avoid driving on the river, as some areas of the river are only thinly frozen over. Driving on a river is a safety risk for all motorists and pedestrians. Police are not recommending travelling or crossing the river, at any random point.
The Wood Buffalo RCMP would like to send a special thank you message to all the people who offered their assistance in retrieving the vehicle from the river in the bitter cold.
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC