On May 16, 2015 at 12:30 pm Sault Ste. Marie Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Goulais Fire and Rescue, Sault Search and Rescue and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton responded to a report of a capsized boat on Haviland Bay in Lake Superior and one male overboard in the water.
The 60 year old local male was operating a 12 foot aluminum boat with a 9.9 hp outboard motor when the boat capsized 100 metres off shore in 30 feet of water. The male, who was wearing his lifejacket, attempted to overturn the boat and became fatigued. He wore a whistle which he began blowing and alerted nearby cottagers who called 911. Local residents then rescued the male and towed his boat back to shore. The male was treated at the scene for mild hypothermia.
OPP data continues to show that eight out of ten victims who die in fatal boating incidents are not wearing a personal floatation device (PFD). In this incident, a tragedy was averted by wearing a life jacket and carrying sound signalling device (whistle). OPP remind Ontario residents and tourists that being well-informed and highly-focused on safe boating practices and laws do save lives.