OPP busy with calls on Lake Huron on weekend

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Grey Bruce OPP responded to eight marine-related calls on the weekend on Lake Huron.

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On July 29 at 1:14 p.m. the Grey Bruce OPP Marine Unit helped rescue a disabled vessel on Lake Huron. With the assistance of the Coast Guard the vessel made it to shore safely, a July 31 police news release said.

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At 2:27 p.m. that same day, officers responded to a call of a Sea-Doo taking on water. All occupants were wearing life-jackets and were brought to shore safely.

Shortly after, at 3:44 p.m., the marine unit responded to a capsized sailboat. All occupants were wearing life-jackets. With the assistance of the Coast Guard, all occupants were brought to shore safely.

On July 30 at 1:33 p.m., two missing children at Sauble Beach were reported to police. The marine unit patrolled the water and the children were located safely on shore.

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At 5:27 p.m. the same day, police investigated seven paddleboarders out on the lake from Tobermory without life-jackets. All paddleboarders made it to shore safely. The OPP is reminding anyone who is navigating a paddleboard must have a life-jacket and whistle, horn, bell or other device to make noise, the news release said.

There were no injuries reported in the occurrences.

Police said there is no one single cause that leads to drownings, but there are common contributors. Basic safety practices such as learning to swim at an early age; wearing a life-jacket or a personal flotation device while on a vessel or in water; adult supervision of children while swimming; and not drinking while boating can make the difference between surviving, or not, the release said.

Author: Jordan Ross