A trio of police officers reportedly jumped into Lake Ontario to rescue two stranded paddle boarders, as well as a third person in distress who had attempted an initial rescue.
According to the DRPS, officers were called to the area of Montgomery Park in Pickering on Sunday (Sept. 6) to assist two people in distress.
“A male and female on a paddle boat were approximately 60 metres into Lake Ontario and calling for help. Two civilians had also entered the water in kayaks in an attempt to assist them,” reads a media release.
“When police arrived on scene, one of the kayakers came back out of the water due to fatigue and the other kayaker was in distress, hanging onto an overturned kayak. The two initial parties in distress were hanging onto a paddleboard.”
Police say the three responding officers quickly entered the water, while a fourth stood by on the beach to guard the officers’ gear that was left behind.
“The officers were able to reached the three distressed parties and bring them to shore safely with the assistance of two other kayakers. No one required medical attention,” reads a media release.
The rescue has prompted officers to issue a reminder to the public to be mindful of their abilities and equipment before hitting the water.
“Always wear a personal floatation device when entering deep water and be wary of currents that can take you far away from shore,” the media release reads.