OPP make daring ice rescue near Tobermory, saving two hikers

Two hikers are stranded on ice. View from the helicopter
Two hikers were stranded on ice that broke away from the shore in Georgian Bay, near Tobermory. Photo courtesy of the OPP.
Josh Atkinson - CICW - Centre WellingtonON | 23-02-2021

Grey Bruce OPP rescued a pair of hikers at the Bruce Peninsula National Park on Cyprus Lake Road, near Tobermory Sunday.

A pair of hikers had been walking on the ice near the park, when a large piece of ice broke away from the shoreline, leaving the hikers stranded, as this floating ice flow continued drifting out onto Georgian. Bay.

A JRCC Hercules aircraft located the hikers and continued circling above, monitoring the situation from the air. The hikers had drifted almost three kilometres from shore when the OPP helicopter was able to hover above the hikers and make a daring ice rescue, returning both people safely to shore. There were no injuries.

OPP remind hikers, snowmobile operators, ATV operators and fisherman that travelling on ice, especially on open bodies of water, is extremely dangerous.

The OPP is reminding the public to check the weather conditions, the ice thickness, always dress for the weather, have a safety plan and travel with a partner.

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