THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~ May 9, 2022 (LSNews) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a call around 4:30 p.m., from a kayaker who was paddling down Whitefish River when their kayak began to fill with cold water and sank. Fortunately, the kayaker was wearing a lifejacket and was able to swim to an island and call 911 for help.
Wearing a lifejacket and having a working cellphone were crucial for a kayaker on Whitefish River on May 6, 2022.
The Thunder Bay Detachment's Emergency Response Team (ERT) was deployed for a lifesaving rescue of the kayaker by helicopter. While the team was able to locate the individual, metre high waves made rescue efforts by water dangerous.
ERT members were able to perform a rescue by helicopter. The kayaker was assessed by paramedics with Superior North Emergency Medical Services but did not sustain any physical injuries as a result of the incident.
The individual started at whitefish school and the final destination was Blaikie Road but they only made it half way before the incident.
This incident could have turned out very differently. Thunder Bay OPP is reminding the public to follow important safety measures if venturing out onto frigid waterways:
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