Bluewater, ON - Huron County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers and fire
crews from both the Hensall & Exeter Fire Departments were pressed into duty late
Canada Day evening to assist with a rescue from the Hensall water tower.
Just before 10:30 p.m. Huron OPP responded to the water tower located on Richmond
Street North in Exeter after receiving a call from a concerned citizen. The witness
reported they could hear some youth up on the water tower laughing and setting off
Alarmingly, three males in their 20's gained access into the fenced in base of the
water tower and proceeded to climb up about 200 feet above ground level to an observation
deck. Perched from high above they consumed alcohol and let off fireworks. They
also told the responding emergency crews they were trying to catch a glimpse of
the fireworks show in Grand Bend.
Against the directions from the responding officers two of the youth climbed down
on their own power using the rung ladder, the third male was safely lowered by the
fire rescue team.
"This was an incredibly dangerous stunt, had they fallen it would have been certainly
fatal" - commented, Huron OPP Provincial Constable Ed Barty
Two males from Huron County and one male from Perth County have been charged under
the Trespass to Property Act. They have scheduled court appearances on September
19, 2017 at the Provincial Offences Court in Goderich.
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