Boat mishap on Lake Mindemoya sends child to hospital

LAKE MINDEMOYA – On Monday June 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Manitoulin Detachment was notified of a capsized small boat on Lake Mindemoya near Stanley Park Resort in Central Manitoulin Township. A father and 8 year old son were fishing in a small hard plastic boat near shore when a fishing hook got caught in the lifejacket of the child. The lifejacket was removed to disengage the fish hook when the boat capsized sending father and son into the water. The father surfaced but the child was not immediately located.

Persons witnessing this incident called police and officers of the Manitoulin Ontario Provincial Police Detachment responded to the scene. Upon arrival along with EMS the child had been located on shore by persons at the scene, he had taken on water. He was immediately transported to Mindemoya by ambulance and then airlifted to a Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

The OPP stresses the importance to wear life jacket at all times when on the water as tragedies like this can happen in an instant.