Seven men fishing rescued from submerged sandbar at North Vancouver's Capilano River

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      Just over a week after a fatal incident near a North Vancouver dam, a second group of people fishing at the Capilano River were endangered by rising waters.

      Around 9:30 a.m. on October 10, the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services (DNVFRS) responded to calls about seven men fishing at the Capilano River who were on a sandbar (under the Highway 1 overpass) that was becoming submerged in water, according to CBC News.

      Although they declined being rescued, rescuers returned at 2 p.m. to find the water had risen by about a metre.

      One man who attempted to wade across the water to shore, despite being instructed not to do so, almost drowned before he made it across.

      Rescuers, which included the West Vancouver Fire Department, were able to reach the men, put lifejackets on them, and got them across to shore.

      The DNVFRS stated that the men should have left at 9 a.m. and warned that water levels of the Capilano River can fluctuate easily.

      District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services

      In addition, the spillway gate of the Cleveland Dam was changed to remain in the lowered position—to allow water from the Capilano Resevoir to flow through it—after a fatal release of water occurred on October 1.

      An unexpected surge of water from the dam on that afternoon caught several people fishing on the river in the sudden flood. One man was found dead, and his 27-year-old son remains missing. As of October 9, North Vancouver RCMP said that efforts to locate the son remain ongoing. 

      Preliminary results from an investigation by Metro Vancouver found that human error in programming was the main reason for the unscheduled release of water.

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