Four boaters have a lot to be thankful for today.
While boating in Lake Simcoe late Sunday afternoon, a 45-foot vessel caught fire. The four boaters on board were forced to flee the boat and jump into the chilly waters.
#OrilliaOPP attended a water rescue. This vessel caught fire, on Lake Simcoe. 4 people, plucked from the water by a boater. @BarriePolice @YRP brought their boats to extinguish the 🔥 @OrilliaFire, Oro and Ramara FD attended. No injuries, just an eventful #Thanksgivingweekend^mh pic.twitter.com/D9TDUb51Pk— OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) October 11, 2020
Another boater, who saw the smoke from the fire, sprung into action and plucked the boaters from the water.
York Region Police brought their fire-boats to the area — more than a mile off shore, near Line 7 of Oro-Medonte Township — and were able to extinguish the fire.
Firefighters from Orillia, Oro-Medonte and Rama Fire Departments also attended the scene.
While details are scant, the Orillia OPP said no injuries were reported.
It's not known what sparked the fire or if the boaters were wearing life jackets.
We attended this boat fire yesterday near Big Bay Point and worked with @OPP @BarriePolice and Rama Fire to extinguish the blaze. The operators were cruising across Lake Simcoe when they experienced an electrical issue that turned into an uncontrollable fire. Luckily no injuries. pic.twitter.com/CRsGG62di9— York Regional Police (@YRP) October 12, 2020