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Published May 13, 2024

OPP issue safety reminder after canoe capsizes in Bracebridge

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Bracebridge OPP are reminding the public about water safety after a canoe with four people aboard capsized on Friday.

Around 11:20 a.m., officers responded to a 9-1-1 call to the Muskoka River near Holditch Street in Bracebridge.

"All four people, two adults and two children, aged 9 and 10, entered the water," OPP said in a release. "Fortunately, the children were wearing life jackets in the frigid water and all four individuals made it to shore where they were assessed by Muskoka EMS."

OPP say one adult was transported to hospital for further, non-life-threatening care.

"If you are considering being out on the water in any type of vessel this spring, please remember that the water is still very cold and that can inhibit your ability to save yourself."

Also remember that life jackets, or personal flotation devices, are available in a variety of sizes. Your life jacket can only keep you afloat if it fits you. Younger children will slip out of an adult-sized life jacket. Ensure that you have done your research and have the necessary safety equipment on board and always share your plan with a person on land so that if you encounter trouble, it will be available to emergency services."

Banner image - file photo - Barrie 360

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