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Heroes save Maple Ridge man from drowning

Ridge Meadows RCMp Cpl. Brenda Winpenny - TIMES files
Ridge Meadows RCMp Cpl. Brenda Winpenny
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Maple Ridge Mounties are lauding the efforts of two bystanders who helped save the life of a drowning man late last night.

Ridge Meadows RCMP were alerted about 11:40 p.m. Thursday (May 26) to an incident at the Port Haney Wharf.

An intoxicated 49-year-old Maple Ridge man had apparently fallen backwards off the lower walkway on the dock into the Fraser River, and two bystanders are credited with hanging on to him and keeping him safe until emergency responders could arrive and help pluck him from the cold water, explained Cpl. Brenda Winnpenny.

Police used a life line rope to hold him above he water until a collective effort could be undertaken with the bystanders and paramedics, to pull him back onto the dock.

"This rescue shows what team work can do," Winnpenny said. "By pulling together, the rescue team was able to save this man from drowning. Although suffering from mild hypothermia, the victim is expected to make a full recovery."

It's unclear, Mounties said, if the people who helped keep the man from drowning actually knew him.

In fact, police say he was taken to hospital for treatment, but has since been released from hospital.

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