Port Severn, Township of Georgian Bay, Ontario – On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Georgian Bay Fire & Emergency Services alongside Ontario Provincial Police, Southern Georgian Bay Detachment and County of Simcoe Paramedic Services responded to a water rescue on Georgian Bay in the Channel at Island 95.

Two males snowmobile operators left the main trail and went through the ice in front of Island 95. Members from the Georgian Bay Fire & Emergency Services deployed with a local air boat operator to retrieve the two males off the lake to return them to an awaiting ambulance.

The first male showed signs of hypothermia and was transported to Georgian Bay General Hospital. The other was wearing a floater suit and appeared to have no injuries.
Director of Fire and Emergency Services, Tony Van Dam, would like to remind everyone living or visiting the area that “No Ice is Safe Ice. The waterways are unpredictable in these spring temperatures, and it is best to stay clear of all water. Even if we get a couple days of cold it won’t be enough to go out onto the ice. In Canada, approximately 35% of all drownings happen from October to April. Snowmobiling accounts for many of these incidents. Stay safe, we don’t want you to be our next call.”

If you would like more information about this topic, contact the Tony Van Dam, Director of Fire and Emergency Services, Township of Georgian Bay 705-538-2337 x248 or tvandam@gbtownship.ca


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