First responders, citizens step up to save man on Lake Simcoe

Distress call came Sunday night

A South Simcoe Police officer went the extra mile Sunday night to help a man in crisis on Lake Simcoe.

Police, Innisfil firefighters and Simcoe County paramedics were called to the water around 7:30 p.m.

The officer and two firefighters boarded a private boat to offer assistance to the man. When he refused and kept swimming away from shore the officer jumped in and swam with the man, talking with him and earning his trust.

About an hour later the man agreed to join the officer on the South Simcoe Police boat. He was taken to shore where he was examined by paramedics.

We would like to recognize the actions of everyone involved in saving a life last night: the initial first responders, the citizens who stepped up in a crisis, the actions of the officer who went above and beyond the call of duty and the officer who safely operated the police vessel to stay close to the man while negotiations were underway.  
This is truly a case of everyone coming together to make a difference and thankfully ended with a man’s life being saved.

South Simcoe Police