Evansburg RCMP are issuing a public safety message following an influx of search and rescue operations along the Pembina River.
This summer, Evansburg RCMP have already safely resolved several complaints involving stranded people along the Pembina River.
Visitors and residents of the area who are wishing to tube the Pembina River are reminded to take extra steps and be prepared for their journey:
- Know the area, review maps and understand how long your journey will take
- Notify a responsible person where you are going, who you are with, and the route you plan on taking
- Dress appropriately for the weather, including use of a wet suit when necessary
- Wear a life jacket
- Avoid consuming alcohol
- Bring a cell phone and store it properly for the conditions
Corporal Brandon Tobin, Operations Supervisor at Evansburg Detachment says: "I've had a number of people tell me that they were under the impression that the river either ran in a circle or looped back around towards the Provincial Park, this is false information. If you're planning on tubing on the river DO NOT enter the river at the Provincial Park Campgrounds, I can't stress that enough, The Park is where you must exit the river. If you enter the river at this location or float past the park, you WILL be stranded. In fact, last weekend Evansburg Detachment had to request assistance from the RCMP's Air Services to fly two stranded tubers out of the river bed. This incident tied up resources that may have been needed for emergencies elsewhere. We encourage people to enjoy the river, but do so responsibly. "