Transit officers recue woman from frozen river

Calgary Transit peace officers D'Arcy Hare, left, and Bob Hope pose near the place on the Bow River...

Calgary Transit peace officers D'Arcy Hare, left, and Bob Hope pose near the place on the Bow River where they pulled a woman from the water on Saturday in Calgary on February 3, 2014. (Mike Drew/QMI Agency)

Dave Dormer, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

CALGARY — Two Calgary Transit officers are being hailed as heroes after rescuing a woman from the ice-covered Bow River.

Returning from a call at the Marlborough LRT station Sunday afternoon, officers Bob Hope and D’Arcy Hare were driving south over the Langevin Bridge when they saw a woman submerged up to her neck and clinging to the ice below.

The pair went to asses the situation and noticed a man struggling to pull the woman out of the water.

“At that point my partner and I decided we needed to assist him and intervene,” said Hare, an officer for eight years.

The officers managed to pull the woman from the water and drag her about 15 metres to the shore, where firefighters and paramedics were waiting.

“She was very, very cold,” said Hope, who’s been a transit officer for the last two years and was in law enforcement in the U.K. for 25 years before that.

“Her hair had begun to freeze completely, she had closed fists and wasn’t able to speak to us much.”


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