Video — Three people in a canoe rescued from Lake Simcoe

Marine unit officers took to the waters of Lake Simcoe last week to rescue three people in canoe.

According to the York Regional Police, officers received a 911 call around 1:15 p.m. from boaters in distress.

“Officers learned that three people rented a canoe and went out on Lake Simcoe. The wind carried them away from shore and they were unable to paddle back in,” a media release from police reads.

“They could not swim and had begun to panic and called 911. They were unable to determine their location making it difficult for marine unit officers to find them.”

When officers successfully located the canoe, the three occupants were taken to shore.

No injuries were reported.

“Officers with the Marine Unit would like to remind anyone heading out on the water that help can find you faster if you are able to relay your exact location to emergency call taker. Learn to familiarize yourself with the GPS on your phone or consider installing an app that can assist you with determining your location,” the media release reads.

“Remember that weather conditions can change quickly on Lake Simcoe resulting in high winds and large waves. Always wear a properly-fitted life jacket, bring a cell phone, plan your route and tell someone where you’re going and what time you expect to be back.”


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