Male saved while clinging to a floating raft in Lake Joseph

On Tuesday at about 12:30 a.m., the Township of Muskoka Lakes Fire Department, including their Station 1’s Marine Unit, the Muskoka E.M.S. and the O.P.P. all responded to 1039 Chown Road Unit 4 in Muskoka Lakes, regarding a reported 19 year old male who had gone swimming and who had not been seen for 30 minutes.

At the time of the emergency responders arrival, they were met by numerous patrons of a large party which was occurring at the residence.

A search of the shoreline was immediately initiated and the Marine unit began to search the waters. Fifteen minutes later the male was located in the bay some 40 m from shore clinging to a floating raft. He was displaying the effects of hypothermia.

As the rescuers approached the young man, they thought, it looked like he was going to give up.
The male was rescued by the Marine Unit personnel and brought to the awaiting EMS crew.

He was then transported to West Parry Sound Hospital with what was believed to be none life threatening injuries.