Nanaimo and Ladysmith RCMP, two volunteer fire departments and a search and rescue team combined efforts to pull a man from Haslam Creek on the weekend.
Rescuers were alerted shortly before 3:30 p.m. Sunday when a 30-year-old Nanaimo man called 911 saying his Jeep had been swept into the water while off-roading near the creek between Timberlands and Halberg roads.
Cpl. Tim Desaulniers of Ladysmith RCMP said the man was waist-deep in water while he was swept about one kilometre down the creek, which was swollen from heavy rains over the weekend.
“There’s a hell of a current in there and it actually gets quite wide and kind of deep,” Desaulniers said.
Rescuers found him in the creek and took him to the Ladysmith Community Health Centre to be treated for hypothermia.
Police are advising the public to be cautious around creeks and rivers during winter months when heavy flows create deep water and fast currents that can quickly sweep people and even vehicles away.