ALBERTA

Woman injured as fists fly during leisurely float down Alberta river

06/12/2015 01:03 EDT | Updated 06/12/2016 05:59 EDT
EVANSBURG, Alta. - RCMP have laid a charge of aggravated assault after a woman was allegedly struck in the face and kicked repeatedly during a recent river-tubing venture in a central Alberta park.

Danna Bell, the alleged victim, tells CTV News that she was attacked in Pembina River Provincial Park last Sunday night and needed 18 stitches around her eye and cheek.

Bell says she was floating downstream with some friends when another group started yelling at them from shore.

The 24-year-old woman says her group floated away, but the other one was waiting for them at the end of the river and she wasn't able to avoid the altercation.

Police confirm there were multiple confrontations, saying there may have been a fight between the two prior to another one at the park.

Katrina Ironeagle, a 30-year-old resident of St. Albert, Alta., will appear on the assault charge in Evansburg provincial court on Sept. 14.

Bell said the injuries she suffered will be with her forever.

"I honestly did not deserve this. No one deserves this no matter what happens, no one deserves this kind of physical punishment for anything.”

Marlene Brown, an RCMP spokeswoman, said alcohol is believed to have been a factor in the fights.

"We can't condone drinking while going down the river as a safe practice because it is not, and sometimes those decisions become poorer the more alcohol that is consumed."

Investigators say a male was also arrested and charges are pending. (CTV Edmonton)

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