A young child rescued from Dutch Creek yesterday (Wednesday, June 4th) was transported to the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary by STARS after initially being  heli-lifted to Invermere & District Hospital.

The child became separated from its mother in the river and was carried downstream wearing an infant-size PFD (personal flotation device).

The child was visually located on a sandbar in the middle of the river by a member of the public, who directed rescuers to the scene. A Swiftwater rescue removed the young victim from the water and began assessment and treatment, according to Lee-Ann Crane, Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional District of East Kootenay in an email.

The child was not trapped or submerged at the time of location and rescue, and was alive when it was rescued and transported to the Invermere hospital, she said.

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