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An early morning water rescue on Highway 35 south of the community near the Aspen Ridge Campground is a strong reminder for drivers to use caution when driving through water currently crossing the highway.
At about 2:00 a.m. Friday morning, the High Level Fire Department responded to a call involving a vehicle that had gone off the road into the wetland on the west side of Highway 35 near Aspen Ridge Campground.
When they arrived on scene, responders found a lone occupant of a car that had lost control on the highway, hydroplaned, and left the road. The vehicle came to a stop about 60 feet from the road in water between five and six feet deep. The driver was suffering from hypothermia after being in the water for about 15 minutes.
Rescue crews used their water rescue suits and tethers, entered the water, and rescued the man with the use of flotation devices. The driver was treated for hypothermia on scene and then transported to hospital by EMS.
There is currently a large amount of water flowing across the highway, and this incident highlights the importance of taking speed limits and calls for caution driving in the area seriously. While the speed limit is currently set at 50km/hour, drivers of smaller cars should consider driving even slower – particularly in the southbound lane, where more water is present.
Anyone who finds themselves in a situation where their vehicle is going to be submerged needs to act quickly to get their window down and get out of their car. Call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so for help to arrive.