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Chilliwack Mounties rescue dog from Vedder River

Timber was rescued by Chilliwack RCMP and civilians from the Vedder River on July 2. - Submitted
Timber was rescued by Chilliwack RCMP and civilians from the Vedder River on July 2.
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Chilliwack Mounties helped rescue a dog Wednesday that nearly drowned in the Vedder River.

Timber was swimming in the river in the late afternoon and was unable to make it back to shore, according to owner Kathy Slade.

Slade lost sight of the yellow lab and he was swept down the fast-moving river.

Chilliwack RCMP attended the scene and located the dog stuck on the river's edge, one kilometre upriver from the Keith Wilson bridge.

An officer climbed down as close as he could get to where Timber was while another officer went to retrieve the RCMP boat. Meanwhile, a man on a Sea-Doo on the river helped by picking up Timber off the bank and bringing him to where the Mountie was located.

The officer was then able to reunite Timber with Slade.

"It was a terrifying experience knowing he was somewhere in the water but we could not get to him," Slade said. "I can't put into words how thankful we are to the RCMP and to the other members of the public who helped return Timber to us safely."

Other than being very tired, the dog was OK.

"When people are panicked and they don't know who to call, they call 9-1-1," said RCMP spokesperson Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  "Thankfully we were in a position to be able to go to the river and help Timber and his owner."

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