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90-year-old man rescued in Field

A 90-year-old Waterloo man has been rescued by the OPP.

The Nipissing West OPP is reporting that at 9:30 pm they responded to a report of a fisherman who had not returned to his cottage on Thistle Lake in Field.

OPP says that the man left his cottage at 11:30 am.

The OPP Marine Unit and helicopters were deployed to assist. At approximately 12:30 am, the OPP located the fisherman in his boat, wearing his personal floatation device, at the bottom of some rapids while waving at the helicopter for help. Due to rough terrain as well as his remote location, neither the OPP Marine Unit nor helicopter were able to get close enough to the man.

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The assistance of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was requested and at approximately 5:30 am he was located again and rescued.

OPP says that the man was in good health but transported to the hospital as a precaution.

They say he was fishing near the rapids when the boat engine shut off and he was unable to re-start it. His boat then drifted and went down the 8ft drop to the bottom of the rapids. His attempts to paddle-up closer yielded no successes, at which point he decided to stay put and wait for assistance.

 

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