Close call for man after boat catches fire on Georgian Bay

Two people in a canoe went out to save a man after his boat caught fire in Georgian Bay Wednesday.

At 10:32 a.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call about a vessel on fire between Beausoliel Island and Midland Bay.

Penetanguishene Fire department, Simcoe County Paramedics, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and the OPP helicopter also attended to assist.

Further investigation revealed that the 60 year old Penetanguishene man was transporting his boat to be stored for the winter when it caught fire. The male was forced to enter the water but was wearing a floater suit at the time. Two workers at a nearby residence went out in a canoe and an aluminum boat to assist the male to shore.

The boat drifted to a residence on McArthur Drive in Penetanguishene where the fire was extinguished by firefighters. The male was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

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.