A pick-up truck carrying five people drove off a bridge and dove into a nearby creek in the Fanny Bay area on Sunday.
The vehicle dropped roughly 20 metres into Cowie Creek after it reportedly crossed over a median and slipped through an opening in the centre of a bridge on Highway 19.
Inside the truck were five occupants, two adults and three children – the youngest being 12 years old. According to Comox Valley Search and Rescue, everyone was sent to hospital, and one individual was airlifted.
Emergency services across the island worked together to help the victims, especially due to the number of ambulances that were required in the operation.
First responders from Arrowsmith in the Parksville area, Deep Bay Fire, Comox Valley RCMP, and emergency heli-services from Cumberland participated in the rescue.
“Events like this are responded to in a very coordinated manner by all of the emergency agencies involved,” Search Manager Paul Berry of Comox Valley SAR told Victoria Buzz.
Comox Valley SAR said that it is believed the occupants in the truck were coming back down the island following a vacation at Mt. Washington.