08/29/2012 09:32 EDT | Updated 10/29/2012 05:12 EDT

Bow River Rescue: 2 Women In Calgary Pulled From River, Harvie Passage


CALGARY - A report of two women in trouble in the fast-flowing Bow River drew a massive response from Calgary emergency services on the water, ground and in the air.

Fire, police, emergency medical personnel and the STARS air ambulance got rolling overnight after a report that a woman had gone into the river near a downtown bridge and another woman had jumped in to help.

The fire department's aquatic rescue team launched three boats and one of the women was found about 10 minutes later as she made it to shore.

The second woman passed through a treacherous part of the river known as the Harvie Passage — a man-made rapids — but was spotted near a bird sanctuary soon after the first woman was located.

The aquatic team rescued her as well, and both women were taken to hospital.

The women are known to each other and officials say they are investigating why one of them went into the water.