RCMP Sergeant Chris Newel explains the larger group decided to abandon the trip due to an incoming storm.
However, they couldn’t exit the water due to the steep banks and heavy bush surrounding the river.
The local SAR detachement deployed members just after 9 PM but Newel admits they had difficulty reaching the stranded rafters.
He says heavy bush and steep banks surrounded the area of the river the rafters were located.
No one was injured but the rafters were not equipped to spend a night in the bush.
Everyone made it home safe by 1 AM.
– Kimberley RCMP Sgt. Chris Newel