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Jamaican bobsleigh team rescued in Calgary

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 11:18 AM
The Jamaican bobsleigh team.

Jamaica's bobsleigh team was rescued by a good Samaritan after their van broke down in Calgary, Alberta, over the weekend.

The perennial underdogs caught a lucky break in the same city where they made their Olympic debut in 1988.

The debut became the subject of the 1993 film Cool Runnings, starring John Candy.

The 12-person team was in Albert for a competition on Sunday.

Kathleen Pulito, the team's social media director, told the Calgary Herald that the team is on a shoestring budget and the van was supposed to take them across the country as they set their sights on the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Shortly after the team tweeted about their predicament, a GoFundMe page was sprouted up to try and raise enough money for repairs.

David Schnerch was out doing some errands on Saturday when he passed by the van, and saw team members trying to fiddle with the vehicle's battery.

Being in possession of a booster cable himself, Schnerch pulled over and tried to give them a jump. When that didn't work he drove the team to Canada Olympic Park himself so that they could make their race.

After their race in Calgary, the team needed to make it to Whistler, British Columbia, for another competition. So Schnerch gave the Jamaicans the key to his truck.