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OPP helicopter deployed to rescue paddlers from Minesing Wetlands

One adult and two children were 'plucked from the wetlands' last evening
OPP Helicopter 2017
File photo

SPRINGWATER - On June 6, 2021, members of the Huronia West OPP and Springwater Fire Department were called to rescue an adult and two children from the Minesing Wetlands in Springwater Township.

Emergency services received a call just after 6 p.m. of three adults and two children canoeing in the wetlands and in need of help. The paddlers had run out of water and had minimal cellphone power.

A father and his two children were plucked from the wetlands with the assistance of the OPP helicopter. Two other adult males declined assistance and advised they were experienced outdoorsmen. All involved parties are now safe and without injury.

This incident serves as a reminder of several safety considerations:
    •    Have a plan and make sure somebody knows about it
    •    Pack appropriate survival supplies including food, water, a charged cell phone and other items incident dependant
    •    Always wear a life jacket
    •    Ensure you have the required safety equipment on board
    •    Check the weather and water temperature before you head out

The OPP remains committed to saving lives on Ontario roads, trails and waterways.