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Fire forces 60-year-old boater into water

A pair of bystanders helped him to shore in an aluminum boat



PENETANGUISHENE – On Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at approximately 10:32 a.m. members of the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a 911 call of a vessel on fire on the waters of Georgian Bay between Beausoliel Island and Midland Bay.

Penetanguishene Fire department, Simcoe County Paramedics, Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) and the OPP helicopter also attended to assist.

Further investigation revealed that the 60-year-old Penetanguishene man was transporting his boat to be stored for the winter when it caught fire.

The male was forced to enter the water but was wearing a floater suit at the time. Two workers at a nearby residence went out in a canoe and an aluminum boat to assist the male to shore.

The boat drifted to a residence on McArthur Drive in Penetanguishene where the fire was extinguished by firefighters. The male was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries but has since been released.

The investigation into the cause of the fire is still under investigation.