Four men were rescued off the coast of Adolphustown, Ontario, in Lake Ontario on December 21 after their fishing boat sank. The men were discovered by the captains of two separate charter boats that happened to stumble upon their wreckage just in time to save the men from near-freezing water temperatures. The rescue demonstrates the importance of equipping your vessel with marine electronics and communication instruments that can be lifesavers in the event of an emergency.
The rescued boaters were floating in the water using body suits, but the suits had become water logged and the men were dangerously close to dying from hypothermia. Local news source The Belleville Intelligencer reports that Scott Walcott of Bay of Quinte Charters was trolling the waters around Loynes Island when he began to see debris in the water.
"I looked up and saw what looked like the bow of a boat in the water and a bunch of debris," he told the source. "There was a planer board and a cooler and a piece of pizza floating."
The men were quickly rescued and taken to Prince Edward Memorial Hospital in Picton, where they were treated and released.
Boating in the waters around the Canadian coast and on the Great Lakes in winter is an incredibly dangerous and risky task, as not only will you be dealing with freezing temperatures and inclement weather, but ice as well. In these situations, making sure you have all the communication equipment you need, such as a powerful VHF marine radio, is vital to your safety and that of your crew. The best place to procure these items is ePal.