Nobody was hurt after a Canada Day boat fire on Kempenfelt Bay.
The craft caught fire around 1:30 p.m. about 30 metres from the shore near Lakeshore Drive and Victoria Street in Barrie. Some passersby immediately started helping those on board get safely to shore.
Vav Adam, who tells Barrie 360 they witnessed the rescue, adding there were two adults and three small children aboard. “Everyone was yelling at them to jump in the water. The parents threw the children in the lake and then jumped in. At this point, I was on the phone with 911. Then citizens on their own boat and two seadoos boated over to rescue the victims.”
Two Barrie firefighters jumped aboard a nearby Barrie Police Service boat and assisted with evacuation while dousing flames. Firefighters quickly arrived on the shore to assist in fighting the blaze.
Barrie Fire Deputy Chief Ed Davis tells Barrie 360 the damage to the craft was so severe they may never be able to ascertain a cause. He added there were no injuries among those on board.