Despite the threatening weather in Barrie Wednesday, some civilians still saw fit to loan their boat out to Barrie Police to rescue a pair stranded on a raft.
Barrie Police got the call in the early evening of a pair of young people stranded on a raft on Kempenfelt Bay, without lifejackets and with no way to paddle back to shore. They were spotted by officers around 150 metres off Centennial Beach.
The marine unit hadn’t arrived on scene by the time responding officers had, so the officers approached a group at the Barrie Marina. The group of four immediately offered to help get police to the raft. Two women, aged 18 and 21, were safely rescued from the craft with the group’s help.
During the rescue, police say a call came in of a stranded kite surfer near Johnson’s Beach. The group of four offered to help there too and proceeded on their way after the young ladies were safely ashore. The Barrie Fire Service later confirmed the kite surfer was able to safely get to shore without the assistance of emergency services.
Barrie Fire got the call to Johnson’s Beach early this evening with reports of a kite surfer in distress. Fire Chief Cory Mainprize tells Barrie 360 it looked worse than it was; despite the bad weather, the surfer got back to land on their own.— Barrie 360 (@Barrie360) June 11, 2020
All three boaters were checked out by County of Simcoe paramedics before heading on their way.
“The Barrie Police Service would like to thank the four individuals who provided immediate and essential assistance, which undoubtedly ensured this positive outcome,” reads a statement from Barrie Police. “Their quick actions and willingness to help are to be commended, and the Barrie Police Service is exceptionally appreciative of their assistance.”