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On Saturday, a water rescue operation was carried out on the South Saskatchewan River near Saskatoon after several rowers were stranded on a sandbar.
Around 6:30 p.m., the Saskatoon Fire Department (SFD) received a call from a local resident who said three people were floating down the South Saskatchewan River south of the city, according to a press release.
Due to strong winds and lightning, the rowers ended up on a sandbar, where they soon got stuck.
The press release says that the Southern Federal District rescue boat was sent along with two engines and a battalion commander.
The rescue boat was launched from the emergency boat Broadway. However, on the way to the stranded rowers, the boat got stuck on a sandbar.
The rowers were able to send a location tag to the battalion commander using a mobile phone. Once their exact location was discovered, a second rescue boat was sent and the stranded rowers were rescued. They were examined by paramedics and did not require medical attention.
According to the SFO, the rescue operation took more than three hours.