Search and Rescue teams from South Columbia and Nelson were called out to the Salmo area at 1 a.m. on Saturday after two men were reported to have fallen in Erie Creek.
While one male had made it safely to shore, the other was swept downstream.
Swiftwater teams were deployed in the early-morning darkness to try and locate the missing male.
During the search, at about 3:15 a.m., the reported missing male and his father arrived at the command centre after learning a search was being conducted.
“The teams were stood down as a result and the males had actually not gone into Erie Creek at all,” said Mike Hudson of the South Columbia Search and Rescue.
“All in all it was a good night as no one was hurt and our subjects were in good health and not in any danger,” he added.
Hudson stressed that fast and early notification for incidents from the public help SAR teams respond quickly when needed.