Hunters in distress in Prince Edward County get help from first responders

October 10, 2017 by

opp-logo-300x241The OPP south-west of our listening area responded to two hunters' distress calls over the long-weekend.

On Saturday October 7th, at approximately 7:00 pm a 911 call was received from a resident on Loyalist Parkway near West Lake advising they could hear calls for help from somewhere on West Lake. Wellington Firefighters and officers from the OPP'S Prince Edward detachment responded. Emergency crews located some hunters who had become stranded when the motor on their boat had broken down. The hunters were making their way to shore using a small trolling motor. No one was injured in this incident.

Then on Sunday October 8th at 11:25 am Prince Edward OPP were alerted to a hunter stranded on a small island in the Bay of Quinte near Massassauga Point. Officers enlisted the assistance of the Ameliasburgh Fire Department who deployed their water rescue team to the island and rescued the hunter. The 39 yr old male from Trenton advised he had been hunting on the island with a second male who he had not seen in several hours. The 19' aluminum boat they had used to get to the island was also missing. Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) from Trenton was deployed to the area and began a search. The second male was located clinging to his overturned and sinking boat near Point Ann. The 51yr old Belleville male was transported to Belleville hospital where he was treated for exposure.  The circumstances surrounding the vessel capsizing were not clear at the time of publication.

Hunters across the province are reminded to take precautions as they head out and to make safety a priority.