The brother-in-law of one of the people caught in a West Kootenay mudslide has organized a fundraiser for their care.
Gabe Rosescue and Sheri Niemegeers were swept off Highway 3 west of Creston Thursday.
Both are from Saskatchewan, prompting Don Struthers to organize a GoFundMe page while they recover out of province.
Struthers says his brother-in-law does not have medical benefits through his employment.
“Neither one of them neither one of them is real financially great, so I just thought it would be a good way to help them along with some of their costs that they are going to be responsible for once this all settles down,” Struthers says.
Struthers says the couple have a long road to recovery outside of their home province of Saskatchewan.
“I don’t know for sure what all is going to be involved with the hospital bills and medical bills, but I know the rescue efforts, the ambulance, the air travel is going to be quite expensive,” Struthers says. “Plus, they’ll need lodging and travel for family to get there to be with them. He’s facing some pretty serious surgery.”
Rosescue is being treated in Kelowna for head injuries while Niemegeers is in hospital in Trail with a broken ankle and sternum.
You can find the fundraiser by following the link here.
(Photo of Gabe Rosescue and Sheri Niemegeers from Don Struthers / GoFundMe)
Don Struthers, fundraiser organizer