Air ambulance responds to Spider Bay marina emergency

An Ornge Air ambulance prepares to land at Spider Bay Marina. photo by Alicia McCutcheon

LITTLE CURRENT—The sight of an Ornge Air helicopter circling Low Island in Little Current rather than its usual helipad at the Manitoulin Health Centre caused a stir in that community Sunday evening as streams of traffic flowed to the park and neighbouring Spider Bay Marina, where the air ambulance eventually landed.

According to Northeast Town CAO Dave Williamson, a 9-1-1 call had come into the communications centre regarding a man with a head injury who was unconscious aboard a boat that was headed for help to Spider Bay Marina. The 9-1-1 dispatcher then lost contact with the caller and, not knowing the gravity of the situation, made the call to dispatch the air ambulance. By the time the vessel reached Spider Bay, the injured party had regained consciousness and the air ambulance transferred the man to hospital.

The condition of the person was not known as of press time Monday.