A fisherman and his two children were rescued in Mission after the water in the Norrish Creek Estuary became too high to wade back to shore.
It happened at around 5:30 Friday evening.
The father of two had carried his children across to a sandbar to fish while wearing waders, but realized the water was too high, and current too strong, when they were going to start heading home.
Mission Search and Rescue president John Lemond, says the situation could have turned to tragedy if the dad hadn’t called for help.
“I think it was probably the end of the day for them and realized that the water had come up, so they did the right thing by staying put. They were able to get some shelter, they had some plastic bags to cover them up, keep dry, and just waited for us to get out there”
He adds fishermen should be prepared for high waters.
“Be aware of high stream flow advisories, listen for those on the radio. Especially when it’s calling for a lot of rain and just be aware that the rivers will come up very quickly and the path that you got there, may be impassable.”
Lemond says it’s the second rescue of that nature to happen in the past two weeks.
The children, aged 8 and 11, were not injured.