Woman missing after falling into North Saskatchewan River

Emergency crews called to the North Saskatchewan River Monday evening to reports of a woman falling through the ice.

By CityNews Staff

Edmonton Fire Rescue Services says a woman is missing after falling into the North Saskatchewan River on Monday.

EFRS says they were called to Sir Wilfred Laurier Park after receiving a report that a man and a woman had fallen into the river at Keillor Point (across the river from the park).

Reports indicate both were initially able to get out of the river, however the woman slipped back in and didn’t emerge.

Police and fire crews began a search with a drone, while the man received medical attention.

Edmonton police use drones to search for a woman who went missing in the North Saskatchewan River. (Photo Credit: CityNews)

In a statement Tuesday morning, EFRS said the woman was still missing, while also strongly advising others to stay away from the river.

“As the temperatures warm up in Edmonton, please remember to keep a safe distance from the North Saskatchewan River and frozen stormwater ponds. The ice may look thick, but flowing water and fluctuating temperatures create weak areas. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services urges Edmontonians to keep pets leashed on low-lying trails and when near access points into water. If you see someone or a pet fall through ice, call 9-1-1. Do not attempt to rescue them yourself.”

Fire crews responded to four calls of people attempting to cross the ice on Monday.

In an update Tuesday afternoon, EPS said the search was still ongoing, noting they’ve deployed various resources including Air1, and volunteers from the Underwater Search Team have also been called in.

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