WATCH: A young woman is fighting for her life after almost drowning in a river near Courtenay
A young woman is fighting for her life in a Vancouver hospital after almost drowning in a river near Courtenay over the weekend.
It happened around 4:30 Sunday afternoon in a popular swimming spot on the Puntledge River called Barber’s Hole in Nymph Falls Regional Park.
The water is calm at this time of year but RCMP say the woman, who is in her early 20’s, ran into some kind of trouble in the deeper water and went under.
A friend tried to rescue her but by the time firefighters and paramedics arrived, she was in cardiac arrest.
The woman was pulled from the water and taken to hospital in Comox before being air-lifted to Vancouver.
“It’s shocking ,” says park user Patty Chamberlin. “We never thought that would happen here.”
“The water is super calm here,” adds Ben Chamberlin. “There’s just a little current right there and that’s it.”
The victim is in critical condition.
Police say it was a tragic accident and that factors such as alcohol did not contribute to what happened.