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Ice rescue near Johnson’s Beach (Photos added)

Injured man taken to hospital

A 41-year-old man has been taken to RVH after being pulled from the ice on Kempenfelt Bay near Johnson's Beach. 

Barrie firefighters conducted an ice rescue Friday evening off the Barrie Yacht Club property.

"A citizen made a call to police that they heard yelling out on the ice, screaming for help. He was located maybe 200 yards off the shoreline," said Barrie Police Sgt. Peter Kluszczymski. 

Barrie firefighters conducted what they called a 'text book' rescue operation.

It took about 20 minutes to bring the man to shore.  In what is called a 'shore-based rescue,' two firefighters stayed on shore while two others went out on the ice.

"The man was on the ice rolling in water," said Barrie Fire Public Information Officer Samantha Hoffmann.  "By using specialized equipment and techniques, the firefighters were able to safely and quickly remove the man from the ice. It was a shore based rescue which is an evolution our crews regularly train and participate in.  This resulted in a quick and safe rescue.  Working closely with our emergency response partners Barrie Police services ensured a fully coordinated response."

The man had some injuries but they are not considered life threatening, according to a Paramedic Supervisor on scene.

"We're still investigating why he was out on the ice," said Kluszczymski. 

The man was conscious and breathing when paramedics transported him to hospital, the Sgt. said. 

Firefighters were asked by Barrie Police to go back to the area where the rescue occurred to search for unspecified evidence. 






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