A man in Maple Ridge is lucky to be alive, after a rainy day inner-tube ride turned into a rescue operation.
It was around 3:30 Monday afternoon when Assistant Fire Chief Mark Smitton says a group of tubers stumbled upon the 30 year old slumped over in the middle of the Alouette River.
“He wasn’t unconscious, but he wasn’t able to get out on his own.”
They pulled him to the edge and went for help.
Smitton says it’s lucky he didn’t drown, and that with the rain, the river was rough.
“We are getting a lot of rain, rivers are coming up fast, and rivers are coming up fast and they are getting more and more treacherous as we are getting more and more water.”
Smitton says he was taken to hospital and will likely be okay. He says it’s not clear how the man ended up in the water, but may simply have slipped.