Four women, who were clinging to a chain of orange buoys just upstream of the notorious “drowning machine” on the Bow River, were plucked to safety Saturday, the fire department said.
The four women, believed to be in their 20s, were reported to be clinging to the chain that stretches from shore to shore across the Bow River, as the last attempt before being sucked into weir, the fire department said.
The fire department aquatic rescue team dispatched a boat shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday night and the four women were rescued and brought to safety.
The fire department said the women were attempting to make it to shore, but were unsuccessful.
All four women were wearing life jackets, the fire department said. The women declined transport to the hospital and firefighters took them to a fire engine to warm up before escorting them back to their parked vehicles.