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RCMP officer pulls injured man out of creek



A man's life may have been saved after a Whistler RCMP officer waded into the freezing water of Whistler Creek to pull him to safety.

The call began after midnight on May 4 when police received a call that a male had jumped or fallen from a second storey balcony on a house on Karen Crescent. The police attended, but the person was gone before they arrived, leaving traces of blood. The RCMP searched the area and found more blood, but lost the trail.

Concerned the police continued to patrol the area and were nearby when they received another call from a member of the public that someone was moaning around Nita Lake.

The RCMP attended and found the man partially submerged in Whistler Creek. An officer immediately went into the water to retrieve the man, who was semi-conscious by the time he reached the shore. The RCMP covered him with clothes and provided First Aid until the paramedics arrived. He was taken to the Whistler Health Care Centre and then to Lions Gate Hospital where he was in critical condition on arrival.

The RCMP didn't know the extent of the man's injuries or whether his condition was the result of his fall or the cold water. However, they received a message of thanks on Tuesday from the man after he's spent six days in the hospital, as well as word that the 28-year-old Whistler male would soon be released.

Public school vandalized

The RCMP is seeking the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible for throwing two rocks through the entryway windows of Myrtle Philip Community School. The damage was discovered on Saturday morning, May 7. Nothing was stolen and the police say the vandals did not enter the school.

If you have any information, contact the Whistler RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

That wasn't the only case of vandalism to community property over the weekend. The RCMP is also investigating after a tagger spray painted a building at the new municipal transit yard at Nesters.

"If you see any vandalism by way of spray painting, it's not art it's property damage," said Sergeant Shawn LeMay. "Report it to the police and the property owner. The RCMP will take pictures and investigate, and (for the property owner) it's crucial that the spray painting is painted over immediately. It's the best practice at getting people who spray paint property to know what they're doing is not appreciated or respected."


Mailboxes broken into

The RCMP is seeking the public's assistance after several mailboxes were broken into overnight on May 3 - May 4.

According to RCMP, two of the larger super boxes were broken into on Whistler Road and seven parcel packages were found along the road that had been broken into. The RCMP also discovered that locks were punched out of super boxes on Nordic Drive.

The RCMP is asking the public to be on he alert of any suspicious behaviour around mailboxes.

They are still investigating, and don't know if anything valuable was taken.

If you have any information, contact the RCMP at 604-932-3044 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Man arrested for obstruction

While on a foot patrol of the village at 2:20 a.m. on Sunday the RCMP received a complaint that a dog had been tied up outside a drinking establishment for five hours. The RCMP attended and found the dog's owner, but while they were talking to the man another man continued to interfere, telling the police to leave the dog owner alone and suggesting they had nothing better to do. After asking the male to move along several times, they arrested him for obstruction and public intoxication, and brought him back to RCMP cells.

The male, a 35-year-old from Pemberton, was issued a $115 ticket for public intoxication.