Saint-Ferdinand firefighters save three hunters from drowning

Saint-Ferdinand firefighters save three hunters from drowning


Saint-Ferdinand firefighters from fire station 13, affiliated with the Regional Fire Department of L'Érable (SSIRÉ), saved the lives of three hunters on October 20, during a very fast response. 

A call was made to 911 shortly after 4:30 p.m. for a rowboat that had overturned at Lake Joseph in Saint-Pierre-Baptiste, 17 kilometers from the barracks.

Almost 25 minutes later, the three unfortunate drenched hunters were rescued and put into the sappers' lifeboat. They were transported suffering from hypothermia to the Hôtel-Dieu d'Arthabaska in Victoriaville.

The firefighters thanked a citizen, Yvon Pomerleau, who contacted the emergency services and who guided the rescuers for the operation.

The mayor of Saint – Ferdinand, Yves Charlebois, was surprised by the speed of the intervention.

“Because of the presence of lakes William and Joseph on our territory, our firefighters are equipped and trained to carry out nautical rescues, in summer and winter, he explained in a press release. At Lake Joseph, Thursday, there were no boats available around the lake during this fall period. I am still amazed at the speed of our firefighters, especially since they are volunteers with each their professional obligations.”

“A quarter of an hour later, we would have spoken of a tragedy, said he added. We have every reason to be proud of them. They are truly passionate, always ready to help their neighbors.”

In the near future, Saint-Ferdinand firefighters will be recognized as first responders to provide first aid before the arrival of an ambulance , a service eagerly awaited by citizens since the ambulance service is located 25 kilometers from the municipality.