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Monday, September 10, 2012

Dramatic Sailboat Rescue

Northern Bruce Peninsula | by Manny Paiva  

Two people treated for hypothermia after sailboat ran aground off Baptist Harbour.

A picture of calm waters at Baptist Harbour. 

A dramatic rescue at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula.

Two people had to be rescued after their large sailboat grounded out on a shoal off Baptist Harbour on Saturday night.

Bruce Peninsula OPP, the Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department and the Coast Guard from Trenton were all called after 9 PM.

Police say two people were sailing to Michigan when they encountered high winds and waves.

And when they headed to Tobermory to wait out the weather, high waves capsized the vessel before it ran aground.

The Coast Guard could not reach the sinking vessel, so the two boaters swam for it and police officers waded into the water to carry them to shore.

Both victims were air lifted to the Owen Sound hospital to be treated for hypothermia.

They are expected to make a full recovery.

Staff Sergeant Wayne Thompson commends all of those people involved in the rescue.

He reminds boaters to have a sail plan and all required safety equipment.



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