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Raft Carrying 6 Capsizes On Bow River, Woman Rescued From Frigid Water

06/01/2015 11:46 EDT | Updated 06/01/2015 11:59 EDT
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A lazy float on Calgary's Bow River Sunday afternoon turned into a harrowing rescue situation, after a raft carrying six people capsized.

The raft flipped after striking a bridge abutment early in the evening, say emergency officials, tossing all six occupants into the frigid waters near Edworthy Park.

Luckily, everyone on board had life jackets, and five of the passengers were able to make it to shore.

However, the sixth passenger — a woman in her 20s — was left clinging to the raft after it became pinned against a bridge spanning the river.

Firefighters lowered a rope from the bridge to prevent the water from taking her away, and a member of the aquatic rescue team rappelled down to hold her until an emergency boat was able to pull her from the water.

Calgarian Joel Elvers captured the rescue on camera, while out for a walk at Edworthy Park.

Rescue on The Bow River at Edworthy Park

[Press "HD" for best viewing]We took dad for a walk at Edworthy Park. All of a sudden, we hear some people screaming. I assumed it was kids just having fun at the park, but then we realized that a raft had struck a pillar on the bridge. One girl was able to hold on and wait for rescue, the others floated downstream. We were told that the rest were saved first and then they came to get the girl holding onto the raft. I managed to catch a video of that rescue. Thank God she's okay! Great job, #CalgaryFireandRescue! #YYC

Posted by Joel Elvers on Sunday, May 31, 2015

Officials say the woman was conscious and alert when she was rescued, and was taken to the hospital for observation.

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