Thetis Lake Park in View Royal. (Google maps)

Woman in serious condition after nearly drowning at Thetis Lake Park in View Royal

26-year-old was unconscious when she hit the water after striking her head on the rocks

A woman was rushed to hospital after nearly drowning at Thetis Lake Wednesday night.

View Royal Fire Rescue and B.C. Ambulance paramedics were called to the park at approximately 5:45 p.m. after it was reported a woman had fallen from the sunnyside cliffs, on the east side of the lake, and was unconscious in the water.

The 26-year-old attempted to jump from the cliffs but lost her footing, striking her head on the rock bluff before falling unconscious into the lake.

View Royal Fire Chief Paul Hurst noted that if it were not for her friends and bystanders that held her in place in the water, she would have drowned.

She suffered significant injuries, including a serious head and back injury and multiple lacerations and abrasions.

Paramedics and firefighters rescued her from the water and transported her back to the main beach by boat. She was then taken to Victoria General Hospital but her current condition is unknown.

“We say it every year, and I have for the last 30 years, the cliffs are dangerous and the chances of serious injury or death can result with one misstep,” Hurst said.

This is the second time in less than a week that emergency crews have been called to Thetis Lake for a near drowning. Last weeks crews also responded to an intentionally set fire and for a youth that was stabbed several time during a dispute.

Just Posted

LGBTQ advocates turn Victoria SOGI protest into dance party

Counter-protest outnumbers anti-SOGI activists on lawn of B.C. legislature

Tsawout hosts Saanich Peninsula community leaders at blanket ceremony

Reconciliation event meant to share the Indigenous exerience

WATCH:First responders score first, take inaugural Challenge Cup in Oak Bay

Ice hockey game raises funds for Cops for Cancer, encourages positive interaction with youth

Amazing Race Canada kicks off at Hatley Castle

Popular reality TV show will premiere later this year

UPDATE: Missing Sooke man found safe

The man who was thought to be missing in Sooke has been… Continue reading

UPDATED: 9 killed, 16 injured after van hits pedestrians in Toronto

Toronto police say nine people have died and 16 are injured

As Osoyoos Indian Band flourishes, so too does Okanagan’s wine tourism

Indigenous practices have driven growth of South Okanagan’s wine history and agricultural influence

Vancouver to rake in $30 million in empty homes tax in first year

The tax is the first of its kind in Canada, and was intended to address the city’s near-zero vacancy rate

B.C.’s snowpack continues to increase, melting delayed

River Forecast Centre official says sudden melting further into the season could cause flooding

Another B.C. First Nation voices support for Kinder Morgan pipeline

Simpcw First Nation claims people living on one-third of pipeline route support the project

Scooter crash leaves Island man with critical injuries

RCMP said a truck was making a left-hand turn when it collided with the scooter travelling through the intersection

Prankster broadcasts fake nuclear threat in Winnipeg

The audio recording on Sunday warned of a nuclear attack against Canada and the United States

ICBC reform aims to slow rising car insurance costs

‘Pain and suffering’ payouts to be capped, major injury limit to double

Saskatchewan introduces law to allow control of oil, gas exports

The Prairie province has already said it is supporting Alberta in a dispute with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline

Most Read