(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) -On Sunday, June 13, 2021, at approximately 8:10 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Norfolk County Detachment Marine Unit along with Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trenton (JRCC), the Canadian Coast Guard and Norfolk County Paramedic Services responded to a marine incident at an Ordnance Avenue, Turkey Point address.
It was determined that two individuals failed to return to shore after they departed on a personal watercraft at approximately 6:30 p.m., and as a result, a concerned family member contacted emergency services.
Members of the Norfolk County Marine Unit in conjunction with JRCC and the Canadian Coast Guard began to search Lake Erie when members of the Coast Guard located both people floating in the water at approximately 9:45 p.m., two kilometers east of Pottahawk. Both were hypothermic and were subsequently brought back to and then transported by ambulance to a local area hospital for treatment.
The Norfolk County OPP are encouraging everyone that may be venturing out onto the water to carry all necessary safety equipment and a charged cellular phone in case they find themselves involved in a situation.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank the JRCC and the Canadian Coast Guard and members of the Norfolk County OPP Maine Unit for their quick response. As a result, they were able to locate both individuals and bring them back safely to shore”. – Inspector Rob Scott, Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP.