ATV driven into Thetis Lake fosters large emergency response on Valentine’s Day

ATV driven into Thetis Lake fosters large emergency response on Valentine's Day
Nicholas Pescod
Fire crews, police and CRD park staff attend Thetis Lake where a man drove an ATV into the water on Valentine's Day

Although most Vancouver Island residents faced a cold snap over the long weekend, one man may have had a colder Valentine’s Day than most after driving his ATV into Thetis Lake.

According to the View Royal Fire Department, a male driver had driven an ATV into the water in the Northwest corner of Upper Thetis Lake on Sunday afternoon.

View Royal Fire says it was called after a passerby at the lake saw the tracks from the ATV heading into the water.

Emergency crews then launched emergency watercraft from the Thetis Lake main beach, but it was a false alarm. By the time they arrived, the ATV was already out of the water and the driver was safe.

CRD Parks was the first to attend and with the help of another ATV driver, was able to safely remove the partially submerged vehicle from the lake.

When emergency fire crews were told they were not needed to assist, they turned the boat around and headed back for the beach.

The View Royal Fire Department, West Shore RCMP and CRD Parks staff all attended.

RCMP say CRD Parks issued the ATV driver a fine, but that police are not investigating. There are no reports of any injuries.

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