An RCMP boat is shown in Miles Canyon during training exercises in July. First responders rescued two women who entered the water at Miles Canyon July 28. (RCMP/Submitted)

Two women rescued from current at Miles Canyon

Police are asking people to use ‘extreme caution’ when swimming in lakes and rivers

The Yukon RCMP is asking people to be cautious when swimming in lakes and rivers after emergency responders in Whitehorse rescued two women from the water at Miles Canyon Saturday morning.

According to a police press release, Whitehorse RCMP, Yukon Emergency Medical Services and the Whitehorse Fire Department received a call around 10:15 a.m. about two women who had entered the water near the Miles Canyon footbridge and appeared to be in distress.

Yukon RCMP spokesperson Coralee Reid said that police believe the women intended to go swimming but were overcome by the current.

The first RCMP officer who arrived at the scene found one of the women in the water struggling against the current and threw a flotation device attached to a line towards her. The woman caught the line after several throws and the officer sent a life jacket down to her. Two more RCMP officers arrived in a boat and lifted the woman out of the water.

Members of the Whitehorse Fire Department who responded to the call in a boat found the second woman downriver. According to the press release, she had pulled herself up onto some rocks, and the Whitehorse Fire Department brought her to the police boat.

“Drownings can happen quickly and without warning, especially in the strong moving currents of Yukon waterways,” the press release said. “Yukon RCMP would like to remind people to use extreme caution when out enjoying our many lakes and rivers. Avoid areas with strong currents and do not consume alcohol or drugs before swimming.”

Contact Jackie Hong at jackie.hong@yukon-news.com

Miles CanyonRCMPrescue

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley gives a COVID-19 update during a press conference in Whitehorse on May 26. The Yukon government announced two new cases of COVID-19 in the territory with a press release on Oct. 19. (Alistair Maitland Photography)
Two new cases of COVID-19 announced in Yukon

Contact tracing is complete and YG says there is no increased risk to the public

Yukon Energy in Whitehorse on April 8. Yukon Energy faced a potential “critical” fuel shortage in January due to an avalanche blocking a shipping route from Skagway to the Yukon, according to an email obtained by the Yukon Party and questioned in the legislature on Oct. 14. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon Energy faced ‘critical’ fuel shortage last January due to avalanche

An email obtained by the Yukon Party showed energy officials were concerned

Jeanie McLean (formerly Dendys), the minister responsible for the Women’s Directorate speaks during legislative assembly in Whitehorse on Nov. 27, 2017. “Our government is proud to be supporting Yukon’s grassroots organizations and First Nation governments in this critical work,” said McLean of the $175,000 from the Yukon government awarded to four community-based projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon government gives $175k to projects aimed at preventing violence against Indigenous women

Four projects were supported via the Prevention of Violence against Aboriginal Women Fund

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone

When I was a kid, CP Air had a monopoly on flights… Continue reading

asdf
EDITORIAL: Don’t let the City of Whitehorse distract you

A little over two weeks after Whitehorse city council voted to give… Continue reading

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week

Northwestel has released the proposed prices for its unlimited plans. Unlimited internet in Whitehorse and Carcross could cost users between $160.95 and $249.95 per month depending on their choice of package. (Yukon News file)
Unlimited internet options outlined

Will require CRTC approval before Northwestel makes them available

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse. Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting instead of 30 days to make up for lost time caused by COVID-19 in the spring. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Legislative assembly sitting extended

Yukon’s territorial government will sit for 45 days this sitting. The extension… Continue reading

asdf
Today’s mailbox: Mad about MAD

Letters to the editor published Oct. 16, 2020

Alkan Air hangar in Whitehorse. Alkan Air has filed its response to a lawsuit over a 2019 plane crash that killed a Vancouver geologist on board, denying that there was any negligence on its part or the pilot’s. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Alkan Air responds to lawsuit over 2019 crash denying negligence, liability

Airline filed statement of defence Oct. 7 to lawsuit by spouse of geologist killed in crash

Whitehorse city council members voted Oct. 13 to decline an increase to their base salaries that was set to be made on Jan. 1. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Council declines increased wages for 2021

Members will not have wages adjusted for CPI

A vehicle is seen along Mount Sima Road in Whitehorse on May 12. At its Oct. 13 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the third reading for two separate bylaws that will allow the land sale and transfer agreements of city-owned land — a 127-square-metre piece next to 75 Ortona Ave. and 1.02 hectares of property behind three lots on Mount Sima Road. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Whitehorse properties could soon expand

Land sale agreements approved by council

Most Read