More than a dozen students and their counsellor are safe after their canoe reportedly sunk on Lake Simcoe yesterday.
Orillia OPP responded to the call about an overturned canoe shortly after noon Thursday (July 26).
Police say the canoe was carrying 14 people from the Youth Leadership Camps of Canada. They had reportedly been paddling on Lake Simcoe from McCrae Park when the weather worsened and the canoe took on water and eventually sunk. All students and the counsellor were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident.
Orillia Fire Department and Ramara Fire attended the scene on the water and removed the students from the water. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services (CSPS) attended as a precaution to assess the youth.
The Orillia OPP Marine Unit would like to remind people who use small water craft such as kayaks, canoes, paddle boards or other small vessels to wear their life jackets and to check the weather warnings before heading out on the water. Although weather is somewhat unpredictable often times there are weather warnings and water goers should heed these warnings for safety reasons. If you encounter bad weather while on the water get to the nearest land mass and wait out the storm.
Members of the Orillia Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police are committed to public safety, delivering proactive and innovative policing in partnership with our communities. Officers value your contribution to building safe communities. If you have information about suspected unlawful activity, please contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or visit Crime Stoppers at: www.crimestopperssdm.com or call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).