The swift-water rescue members from Langley City fire department pulled a little girl from the Nicomekl River Dec. 13.

UPDATED: Langley City school girl plucked from cold river

Mom expresses thanks to emergency crews and bystanders who helped pull her little girl out of the Nicomekl River.

Curiosity of a 10-year-old little girl landed her waist deep in the brutally cold Nicomekl River Tuesday morning.

That afternoon, she was at home, warmed up, unharmed, and cuddling with a very grateful mother.

“She’s fine. She’s safe,” her mother told the Langley Advance. “She’s all warmed up.”

The little Langley City girl has a lot to be grateful for this holiday season, after being plucked from the near freezing river.

“She doesn’t remember exactly what happened,” Mom said. But, the youngster was able to recount that while walking to school she grew curious to see if there was ice in the river. She was crossing the traffic bridge on 53rd Avenue, just west of Blacklock Fine Arts Elementary, when she somehow fell in.

“She doesn’t know how she slipped. Next thing she knew, she was in the river,” said Mom, who was called to the scene by friends who were in the area.

Apparently several classmates and parents were crossing the bridge overhead, and others were walking on the trail below, when they all heard a series of faint cries for help coming from the water. They discovered the little girl several feet out from the river’s edge.

Multiple calls immediately went in to 9-1-1.

Emergency crews were deployed to help with the swift-water rescue at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, confirmed Langley City Fire Rescue Capt. Murray Hess.

Firefighters were quickly able to access the river off the trail below the bridge, putting one member into the water to pull her to safety.

No one seems to know, yet, how long the little girl was in the water, Hess said.

She was rushed up on the bridge deck to awaiting fire trucks, stripped of all her wet clothing and boots, dried off, and bundled into blankets in the confines of the warm fire truck cab to prevent hypothermia.

She was conscious and alert when paramedics and firefighters transferred her to an awaiting ambulance and transported her and a very “grateful” mother to hospital.

The little girl was checked out, appears uninjured, and was  sent home a few hours later, said Mom, who was expressing her heartfelt thanks on scene – as she stepped out of the fire truck – and again later that afternoon. She wanted to thank all the emergency responders and other “heroes” who came to her daughter’s aid.

“We’re going to spend the rest of the afternoon at home. It’s cuddling time at home, for sure,” she told the Advance Tuesday afternoon.

Meanwhile, to recover, the lone firefighter who went in the water after her, only required a hot shower back at the firehall.

Many people have been speaking up on Facebook, saying a passerby, Amanda Larsen played a key role in the rescue, as well.

Larsen has since posted a clarification, shrugging off any accolades.

“The ‘lone firefighter’ who jumped in the water held her up so I could reach to pull her. I was already down there and unable to reach her myself. It doesn’t matter, though. The little girl is safe, and that’s what matters,” Larsen said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

Semiahmoo Peninsula girls to host Black Lives Matter fundraiser

‘We are doing this because the world is full of systemic racism,’ organizer Sabine Lapointe said

Community fruit harvest program returns to Surrey, White Rock

Sources will send a team to harvest fruit trees, so less goes to waste

Semi and BMW collide on South Surrey highway

At least one person to hospital, both vehicles sustained significant damage

Intent of killing at centre of Surrey man’s West Kelowna murder trial

B.C. Supreme Court Justice Allison Beames is anticipated to return with her decision in August

East White Rock crosswalk, speed bumps proposed

Report on costs and implications requested by council

B.C. accommodators need phone lines to light up as in-province travel given green light

Travel restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have decimated the tourism and hospitality industries

B.C. extends income assistance exemption for COVID-19

Provincial program to match Ottawa’s CERB, student pay

Broadway veteran Nick Cordero dies from coronavirus complications

During Cordero’s hospitalization, Kloots sent him daily videos of her and their 1-year-old son, Elvis,

Northern communities welcome tourists as province opens to in-B.C. travellers

Officials have asked British Columbians to be careful as they travel this summer

300 Cache Creek residents on evacuation alert due to flood risk as river rises

Heavy rainfall on Canada Day has river rising steadily, threatening 175 properties

Friends, family remember victim of Langley possible triple-homicide fire at memorial

Memorial held for one the of three found dead at a house fire in Langley Meadows last month

Most Read