OPP AND COAST GUARD RESCUE 3 MEN FROM LAKE HURON
6/13/2018 9:20:19 AM


The Huron OPP Marine Unit and Canadian Coast Guard have rescued three people in Lake Huron. Local police say the inexperienced boaters were out on a small sailboat this past weekend when the boat flipped, throwing the men into the water. Luckily for all three London residents the Marine Unit was able to find the boat within 10 minutes, which was roughly 2 kilometres off the shore in Bayfield. Officers say they found all three men submerged in the water holding onto the overturned hull of the sailboat. Police say they were able to pull the panicked and exhausted men from the water where they were treated for hypothermia. The OPP says there was no safety equipment on board and are urging all boaters to bring a life jacket and to monitor the marine weather forecast while on the water as conditions are always changing.
Here's more boating tips from local police:
Competent Operator - Take a boating safety course and always carry your operator card with you. Sail Plan - Let someone know your planned route and estimated time of return. Time is of the essence in an emergency, it can make the difference between a rescue and a recovery. Safety Equipment - Required by law, requirements vary by type of vessel and size. Ensure you have the proper equipment on board each time you sail; it won't help you if it's left on the dock. Charts and Compass - Be aware of local hazards, water levels, tides and know where you are at all times. Fuel - 1/3 to go, 1/3 to return, 1/3 in reserve. Boat Condition - Check the hull, hoses, lines, clamps and the battery. Regular maintenance reduces the risk of a break down on the water. Leave the Beer on the Pier - Boaters caught drinking and boating in Ontario face the same consequences as drinking & driving on land. This includes power boats, canoes, kayaks, sail boats and personal watercraft.
   

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