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July 13, 2017 12:42 PM

Former President Jimmy Carter, 92, was taken to a hospital on Thursday after he collapsed at a Habitat for Humanity work site in Winnipeg, Canada, PEOPLE confirms.

“President Carter was dehydrated working in the hot sun. President Carter told us he is okay and is being taken offsite for observation. He has encouraged everyone to stay hydrated and keep building,” a Habitat for Humanity spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

Later, the Carter Center also released a statement about the incident, and confirmed his wife of 71 years, Rosalynn, is by his side.

“Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter became dehydrated this morning while working at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada. As a precaution, he was transported to St. Boniface General Hospital for rehydration. Mrs. Carter is with him,” the statement read.

Reporters for CBC News who were on-site covering the build said paramedics and firefighters rushed to the scene after Carter collapsed.

According to Canada’s Global News, a reporter on the scene spoke with a Habitat spokesperson who said Carter had complained of dehydration and in the ambulance told volunteers to “keep working.”

Former President George H.W. Bush, 93, and wife Barbara sent Carter well wishes via their spokesman, Jim McGrath.

“President and Mrs @GeorgeHWBush wishing President Carter a quick recovery today: ‘God bless him, and we hope he is fine,’ ” McGrath tweeted.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, are longtime supporters of Habitat for Humanity.

In 2015, the former president revealed he was diagnosed with cancer after a melanoma was discovered in his liver. He said the disease spread to other parts of his body — including four “very small” spots in his brain — but a year later deemed himself cancer-free and has since resumed his active lifestyle.

RELATED VIDEO: Jimmy Carter Surprises Fellow Plane Passengers

Just last month, he made headlines for shaking hands with every person aboard his flight from Atlanta to D.C.

“It was very apparent that he enjoys interacting with people and was authentically happy to greet us,” one passenger told PEOPLE, adding that the gesture felt “extremely patriotic.”

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