Township of Guelph/Eramosa, ON - On April 17, 2017 at approximately 2:30 p.m., members
of the Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) received a report of an
overturned canoe on Guelph Lake.
Police were called by a passerby who had noticed two males in the lake screaming
for help and flailing their arms. Police attended along with Guelph Fire Department
and Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services (EMS). The males who were both
wearing Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) were able to swim to shore. They were both
transported by EMS to a local hospital for treatment of mild hypothermia.
The OPP would like to remind the public to be cautious of open water at this time
of year as there is the risk of hypothermia should you be exposed. Hypothermia begins
to set in at 35.5 degrees Celsius. Warning signs include uncontrollable shivering,
memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and obvious
exhaustion which may result in cardiac or respiratory arrest.
It is also extremely important to remember the importance of wearing a PFD (or lifejacket)
when operating a boat. A Canadian approved standard lifejacket, when worn properly
is designed to turn an unconscious person from face down to face up in the water,
allowing them to breath. A Canadian approved PFD is designed to keep you afloat
in the water and are designed for use in recreational boating. They are generally
smaller, less bulky and more comfortable than lifejackets.
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