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Five, including three kids, rescued from drifting watercraft

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) last Sunday rescued five people – including three children – who were drifting away from the shore on their broken craft in Lake Ontario.

On Sunday, June 30 at about 2 pm, members of the DRPS Marine Unit, with the assistance of officers from East Division, responded to a water rescue call in the area of Cedar Crest Beach Road and Cove Road, in Clarington.

Two adults and three children became stranded on a water bike that had broken down on the lake. As a result, the individuals began to drift further away from the land. Other boaters in the area attempted to assist, but were unsuccessful, said a police statement.

Marine unit officers on the police vessel were able to locate the victims and safely take them on board. All victims were brought to the shore and seen by emergency medical personnel. No injuries were sustained by any of the victims.

When boating this season, test to ensure your equipment and or watercraft is functioning properly and you are prepared for any potential emergencies, said the police. Always wear a life vest that is fitted correctly to your body, when getting onto any body of water. Enjoy your summer on the lake by taking the necessary steps to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

Lake Ontario boater in distress rescued safely

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