Casper Fire-EMS releases info on Saturday river rescue

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CASPER, Wyo. — Officials with Casper-Fire EMS say that a man in distress was rescued from an island in the North Platte River in Casper, July 20th.

Officials say that at approximately 14:00, Casper Fire-EMS and Wyoming Medical Center Ambulance service were dispatched for a call at the white water park on the Platte River.

While responding, a secondary report stated that a male was on an island below a water feature, in distress.

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Upon arrival, crews said that a bystander was rendering aid to the male patient. Crews swiftly made access to the patient via a rapid deployment raft.

The patient was then brought to shore to the awaiting ambulance. The patient was transported to Wyoming Medical Center and is currently being treated for unknown injuries.  

The male patient was wearing a life jacket.

“Casper Fire Department would like to remind everyone whom is on or near the water the importance of wearing a life jacket,” a written statement said on Friday. “Casper Fire would also like to extend our gratitude to the bystander who rendered aid. This also shows the importance to not recreate on the water alone. “