A group effort helped pluck nine people from the water on Lake Simcoe.
A call went out around 7 p.m. Sunday about people going overboard and in distress on the lake; marine units from York Regional Police, Barrie Police, the OPP, and South Simcoe Police all joined in the search.
The South Simcoe Police’s Marine 1 was the one to locate the nine people, having come across a civilian vessel that was attempting to get them out of the water. With the help of police, nine people ranging in age from 20 to 45 were rescued. The group had been in the water for over an hour.
Police say the group left the Barrie Marina earlier in the day and ran into engine trouble shortly after. Once it was discovered the boat was filling with water, the operator immediately had his eight passengers put on life jackets. Within moments, the boat had sunk to the bottom of the lake.