Capt. Ken Younghusband of the Penticton Fire Department said the call they responded to on Saturday at the Okanagan River Channel was of CPR in progress.
Younghusband said the man spent a short time underwater when those with him pulled him up to the surface. He was brought to the shore where the people he was with began performing CPR. When firefighters arrived the man was breathing but not conscious and those with the man said he had been drinking that day.
Firefighters had to pull the man up the steep bank using ropes and the clamshell stretcher. The man and was then taken to the hospital by ambulance.
First responders were called to the Okanagan River Channel Saturday afternoon for a possible drowning.
Crews received a call to attend the Channel Parkway, near the Green Mountain Road bridge, around 1:45 p.m. for a reported case of CPR in progress.
There are few details, but a witness reports that a person was taken unconscious from the channel, and brought up the embankment where they were loaded into an ambulance and taken to Penticton Regional Hospital.
The patient’s condition is not known at this time.