Group of New Brunswick tubers rescued near riverbank after overnight search

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Earlier this week a group of people who went missing while tubing were found safe after a successful overnight search.

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In a release, the New Brunswick RCMP said a group of five tubers became trapped in the Belledune area while they were tubing in the Jacquet River.

Police say members of the Chaluar area RCMP contingent received a report at around 11:30 pm on August 1 that a group of five had not returned from a tubing activity.


“A group of five people, aged between 33 and 60, began a tubing descent into the river around 1 pm that day,” the release said.

“A few hours later, the tubers came across a long stretch of river where the water was so low that it didn’t float to the bottom. The tubers decided to get out of the water and continued their way down on foot.”

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As the night began, a family member called the police asking them to report the group missing, when they did not return as expected.

The release added that police were able to make contact with the group, “who had wandered into the forest and were not able to trace their location.”

Police along with the Belledune Volunteer Fire Department participated in the area and conducted search efforts.

“Police and volunteer firefighters worked overnight to locate the lost tubers, who maintained contact with RCMP telecom operators,” the release said. “The group was able to start a small fire and waited for help to arrive.”

The next morning at around 7:30, the tubers were located on the banks of the river. Despite being “tired and cold”, not everyone was injured and in “good spirits”.

All five were taken out of the woods and evaluated by paramedics. No one needed to be taken to the hospital and everyone was taken back home.

“The banks of the Jacket River are sometimes treacherous, especially in the dark, so this quest was no easy operation,” Sgt. Roch Lizzote said in a release with the Chaluar Region RCMP.

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“I would like to commend the Belledune Volunteer Firefighters, who were with us in the woods all night. Their help in keeping the group safe and sound was instrumental.”


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