06/30/2013 06:10 EDT | Updated 08/30/2013 05:12 EDT

Tourists rescue drunk bridge jumpers after late-night hop into Osoyoos Lake

OSOYOOS, B.C. - Police in B.C.'s southern Interior are crediting a group of tourists for saving a group of drunk swimmers who jumped off a bridge into Osoyoos Lake and were carried away.

The RCMP say a 28-year-old Kelowna man, a 28-year-old Kelowna woman and a 24-year-old woman from Grand Forks jumped off the Osoyoos Bridge just before 2 a.m. on Sunday and were swept out into the lake.

Sgt. Kevin Schur says the three drunk swimmers were swept far from shore and could be heard screaming for help in the dark.

Four tourists heard the screams and used a private boat and a dingy to reach the trio and keep them afloat until an RCMP rescue boat arrived.