Ambulance plunges into Kennedy Lake on West Coast of Vancouver Island
By Susan Quinn - Alberni Valley News
Published: October 19, 2010 11:11 AM
Updated: October 19, 2010 11:11 AM
An ambulance from Tofino has plunged into the water of Kennedy Lake off a dangerous part of Highway 4. Ground search crews from Tofino and Port Alberni are searching the shoreline for survivors, and a Cormorant helicopter from 442 Search and Rescue Squadron in Comox is conducting an air search.
The ambulance left West Coast General Hospital at approximately 4:30 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 19) after transporting a patient from the West Coast community of Tofino. At 7:30 a.m. Port Alberni RCMP received a call that dispatch could not reach the two paramedics in the ambulance, RCMP Sgt. Kevin Murray said.
"An ambulance has been observed in the water and they are conducting a search of the shoreline and immediate area to ensure no one was ejected from the vehicle and is still alive," Murray said.
The ambulance went down a 60-metre (200-foot) embankment and is thought to be resting in nine metres (30 feet) of water. "It's a significant embankment," said Murray, who is familiar with the area.
A highway worker is thought to have noticed damage to trees adjacent to the highway, and further spotted the ambulance in the water.
It's a scary time for all of us in the service here...