"Stay out of evacuated areas": Abbotsford Police rescue four young people kayaking in floodwaters

Nov 17 2021, 12:34 am

“We can’t stress this enough. Please stay out of evacuated areas.”

That’s the message from the Abbotsford Police on Tuesday afternoon after officers had to rescue four youths who were kayaking in an evacuated area.

Other than being cold and wet, they were not hurt.

On Twitter, Abbotsford Police said they were in an area with “rising swift water.”

Constable Paul Walker with Abbotsford Police tells Daily Hive, “Four youths decided it would be smart to launch kayaks at Delair Park, which is an evacuated area. The youths did not have life jackets in their possession and proceeded to drift east. As they approached the Whatcom area, the flowing water changed to swift running water, resulting in the kayaks capsizing.”

“Diverting emergency resources to deal with matters such as these takes away from our rescue operations underway in the Sumas Prairie,” says Walker.

As of Tuesday, thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in Abbotsford after devastating flooding ravaged the area.

On social media, people have called the kayaking an “ignorant” move.

Earlier, Abbotsford Police tweeted about people trying to get around road closures.

Amanda WawrykAmanda Wawryk

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