Man rescued from frozen river in Langley

Firefighters use borrowed boat to reach operator of mini-tugboat after it gets caught in the ice

A Township of Langley fire truck.

A Township of Langley fire truck.

Township of Langley firefighters used a borrowed boat to rescue a man after his mini-tugboat got stuck in the ice on the Fraser River near 208 Street and Louie Crescent around noon today.

The firefighters from the Walnut Grove fire station attached a rope to a small aluminum skiff and shoved it across the ice, then pulled it back with the mini-tug operator inside.

The Coast Guard had declined to attend the scene and it would have taken the RCMP hovercraft about an hour and a half to get there, the fire department said.

The man was not injured.