24 search and rescue operations as South Simcoe Police close a busy marine season

In one incident, nine people were pulled to safety after their boat sank

Sun, water and a boat.

Sounds like a great gig until you get handed the job description that includes saving lives.

Members of the South Simcoe Police Unit had their hands full this season as they were dispatched to 114 calls including 24 search and rescue operations.

In one rescue call, nine people were pulled to safety after their boat sank. The group was in the water for over an hour. The operator was able to call 911 on his cellphone but had difficulty explaining where he was. Everyone was wearing life jackets. Another call involved an officer with Marine One entering Lake Simcoe to reach a person in crisis. The officer swam with this person, continuing to earn his trust until he accepted help and agreed to join the officer on the boat.

Marine Unit by numbers 2020:

  • 114 calls for service  (73 in 2019)
  • 24 search and rescue operations
  • 10 people rescued in two separate calls
  • 2 people tragically drowned by misadventure in unrelated calls and were recovered, bringing closure to their families