A 34-year-old man will have to make an appearance in court after he went for a swim in the frigid South Saskatchewan River Sunday afternoon.
The man was wearing a wetsuit and appeared to be a strong swimmer, but that didn’t prevent the Saskatoon Fire Department from launching its water rescue boat.
People on shore looked on in disbelief as rescuers positioned themselves to bring him on board.
The man was swimming between the University and Broadway bridges when the boat reached him. He got in to the boat and was brought to shore where police were waiting for him.
A city bylaw bans swimming in the river. The man received a ticket from police and will have to make a mandatory court appearance for the offence.
The air temperature Sunday afternoon when the man was in the water was eight degrees Celsius.