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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Be Aware in the Snow

Grey County | by Kevin Bernard  

OPP find two people who shouldn't be outside alone in the cold, snowbank.

Two area residents a lucky to be alive, after they were found in the bitter cold.

The first incident involved a 67 year old woman who left her home in Georgian Bluffs around 1:30 AM on Monday.

Her husband called Grey County OPP after she failed to return some 15 minutes later.

He was concerned because she suffered from Alzheimer's disease and the temperature had dropped to about minus 13 degrees Celsius.

Officers arrived and began to search the area, with the assistance of Bruce Peninsula OPP officers.

They found the woman, scantily dressed, with only a pair of "crocs" for footwear. 

She was taken to Wiarton hospital where she was assessed and released at about 4:30 AM.

Meanwhile -- an officer spotted a young man face down in a snow bank along Highway 10 near Grey Highlands Secondary School in Flesherton just after 3:30 PM on Monday.

It turns out the 17 year-old youth was highly intoxicated and unable to fend for himself or even stand up under his own power.

The weather was still unseasonably cold.

He was taken to the Markdale hospital for assessment, and later spent the night at the OPP detachment for public intoxication. 


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