Driver rescued near Nelson after being trapped in freezing-cold water

TMTV.NET Published at 9:52 AM Dec 29 (Nelson Fire Rescue) – At 0659 hours Nelson Fire & Rescue Services responded to a report of a vehicle rolled over into Cottonwood Creek, at Hwy 6 and Perrier Rd.  Both on-duty members responded immediately followed by 2 additional members responding to the station from home. Nelson Fire Rescue Photos.

Upon arrival of the first crew, a pickup truck was observed laying on its side, in the creek, with the driver still trapped in the freezing-cold water.  The first arriving crew’s primary objective was to stabilize the truck and check on the occupant. Crews used rescue tools including the Jaws of Life to gain access to the truck’s interior, to assess and prepare the patient for extrication.

With the assistance of Nelson Police Department and BC Ambulance Service members on the scene, the roof of the vehicle was removed and the single male patient was brought up the steep, snowy slope of the creek.  Hypothermic from his exposure to the cold waters, and subject to unknown injuries, he was loaded into the ambulance and transported by BCAS to Nelson’s Kootenay Lake Hospital.

A passenger of the truck was out of the vehicle and left the scene prior to the arrival of emergency services.

In all, 4 firefighters responded to the incident with two fire engines and one utility vehicle. One injury was reported as a result of this incident.  The cause of the accident  is still under investigation by Nelson Police Department.

Nelson Fire & Rescue Services would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to take extra caution when driving in cold/icy conditions and to ensure the vehicle is equipped with proper snow tires.

Highway 6NS Both directions – Closed
Closed in both directions 1 km south of Nelson because of Vehicle
Recovery. Detour through Perrier Road. Estimated time of opening is 10:00 am. Next update 10:00 am. Updated on Fri Dec 29 at 9:46 am PST. URL: http://www.drivebc.ca/~262730