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RCMP UPDATE on farm fatalities near Withrow, Alberta 

 

Rocky Mountain House, AB – On October 13th, 2015 at 6:15 pm the Rocky Mountain House RCMP were called to a medical emergency at a family farm near Withrow, Alberta. The farm is located approximately 15kms east of Rocky Mountain House.  Three young female sisters were playing on a grain truck loaded with canola when they were buried in the grain. Adults at the farm were able to free the children from the grain and began CPR.

Upon arrival, the Emergency Medical Personnel continued CPR but were not successful in reviving a 13- year- old and her 11- year- old sister, who both died at the scene.  Their 11-year- old sister was taken to hospital via Stars Air ambulance but succumbed to her injuries at 3:18 this morning. The RCMP are engaged in the investigation of these deaths in support of the Office of the Medical Examiner.

The RCMP expresses its deepest condolences to the family and the local community, and is committed to providing them with the Victim Service support they may require in the aftermath of these sudden deaths.

“This is hitting all of us very hard,” said Rocky Mountain House RCMP Sgt. Mike Numan. “Frontline responders are routinely called out to sad situations, but things are always harder for everyone when kids are involved.”

The RCMP appreciates the media’s efforts in respecting the privacy of the family involved.

Statement from the Family:

“Our kids died living life on the farm, it is a family farm.  We do not regret raising and involving our kids Catie, age 13 – Dara, age 11, and Jana, age 11 on our farm. It was our life!

Thank you for all of the overwhelming support we have received from the first responders, neighbours and friends. We would ask the media to respect our privacy at this time of grief. “

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