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Fire forces boater to abandon ship south of Gin Rocks

The operator of the boat was taken to an area hospital for observation
Boat Fire on Georgian Bay
Photo supplied by Ontario Provincial Police

TINY TOWNSHIP - Marine officers from the Southern Georgian Bay Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded at 3:28 p.m. Nov. 10, 2021 to a report by a Tiny Township resident of a vessel fire off the west side of Beausoleil Island south of Gin Rocks.

Officers attended the scene at 3:40 p.m. and with the assistance of a private vessel already on scene, transported the lone male occupant of the vessel to the Midland Town dock.

The operator had been in the water for a period of time prior to the arrival of rescuers after abandoning the fiery ship. He was triaged and transported to an area hospital for observation by awaiting County of Simcoe Paramedic Services.

The 30' plus powerboat is mostly submerged and is currently being removed by a marine salvage service.

Vessel operators are reminded that water temperatures are significantly colder now and should have survival equipment that matches the current and upcoming cooler temperatures. For more information please view the following link.