Peel Regional Police Marine Unit Makes Dramatic Rescue

Posted on Wednesday May 09, 2018

Region of Peel – On Friday, May 4, 2018, Peel Regional Police Marine Unit conducted a dramatic rescue on Lake Ontario offshore from Mississauga.

The Unit responded to a distress call at 4:02 p.m. for a sailboat that had experienced mechanical issues and was caught in the rough waters and high winds during Fridays intense storm. Sergeant Greg Teague, Constable Adam Nicol, and Constable Terence Macneil, all members of the Marine Unit, responded to the call and arrived at the location of the distressed vessel at 4:25 p.m.

The Marine Unit found themselves battling winds of 96 km/h and waves in excess of three to four metres. Constable Nicol boarded the distressed vessel to secure a towline and complete the rescue.

The vessel was towed approximately 3 kilometres into shallower water and some shelter closer to shore, but the winds increased dramatically and changed direction to offshore from out of the northwest. They could no longer make any headway and the towed vessel had to be abandoned. The captain, who was alone, was rescued from his vessel and the officer reboarded the marine vessel. Everyone returned safely to the Port Credit harbour.

The vessel was left adrift without anchor as it could not be released. The Coast Guard was contacted in relation to the abandoned vessel and a safety message was broadcast. The Peel Marine Unit recovered the vessel the next day approximately 16 kilometres out towards Niagara. There were no injuries sustained during the rescue.

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