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‘Super close call’: Rescue of man from frigid BC lake caught on cameraTAZAA News

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A man is lucky to be alive after being pulled from the frigid waters of a lake in BC’s interior on Sunday.

The rescue was caught on camera at Sheridan Lake, east of 100 Mile House.

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In a pair of videos posted on social media, Brent Gill, general manager of Piney Point Resort, said it was in the shape of a “super close call” Sunday evening when he heard another man’s muffled call for help.

What happened next was captured on a GoPro camera.

Gill, Graham Archer and Don Reilly can be seen approaching a small boat adrift in the lake, a man clinging precariously to the side with rapid, shallow breathing.

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The men pull boats together and work together to pull the speechless man from the water.

Gill said in his social media post that the man stripped him of his icy, wet clothes and wrapped him in blankets before driving him back to his resort.

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In a follow-up video, the man – identified as Richard – thanked the men and said he was much better and “alive” although “still a bit cold”.

In an email to Global News, Gill said the water was so cold that “things could get really bad after a few minutes.”

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“A person at a campsite with the stereo on or the boat motor running can’t hear anything. He was lucky,” he added.

Gill said the experience was an important reminder that boaters should always wear a life jacket and carry a whistle, regardless of the weather or a person’s experience.

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