One of the occupants of a boat sinking in Lake Erie near Port Maitland called in to report their vessel was approximately 10 km from shore and taking on water, Wednesday afternoon.
The boat’s motor had stopped working and the waves in the area were 4-5 high. All three occupants were wearing life jackets.
Haldimand OPP, County Fire Service, paramedics and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) responded.
JRCC maintained contact with one of the occupants via cell phone while they were en route and at approximately 6:10 p.m., they located the vessel and towed them to shore.
All three occupants were assessed by paramedics and did not require any medical treatment.
OPP also received another marine call later that evening.
The occupant of a vessel called in via cell phone to report they were on the water and were trying to get in to Port Maitland but could not see due to the dense fog.
At 12:55 a.m., JRCC reported that they had located the vessel and had towed it to shore.
OPP is reminding all boaters to be well prepared before heading out on to the water:
●  Ensure you have all required safety equipment on board
●  Always wear life jackets
●  Always have a fully charged cell phone
●  Always check the weather forecast ahead of time
●  Any little sign of inclement weather should be a sign for you to get off the water.