A man is lucky to be alive after being pulled from the frigid waters of a lake in the B.C. interior on Sunday.
The rescue, which took place on Sheridan Lake, east of 100 Mile House, was caught on camera.
In a pair of videos posted to social media, Piney Point Resort general manager Brent Gill, said the “super close call” shaped up when another man heard a faint call for help Sunday evening.
What happened next was captured on a GoPro camera.
Gill, Graham Archer and Don Reilly can be seen approaching a small boat adrift in the lake, with a man clinging perilously to the side taking rapid, shallow breaths.
The men pull the boats together then work together to pull the man, who can barely speak, from the water.
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In his social media post, Gill said the man was stripped of his icy, wet clothing and wrapped him in blankets before being driven back to his resort.
In a follow-up video, the man — identified as Richard — thanks the men and says he’s doing much better and is “alive” though “still a little cold.”
In an email to Global News, Gill said the water was so cold that “things could have been really bad just a few minutes later.”
“Even if one person had a stereo on at a campsite or a boat motor running nothing would have been heard. He’s a lucky guy,” he added.
Gill said the experience is an important reminder that regardless of the weather or a person’s experience, boaters should always wear a life jacket and carry a whistle with them.
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