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Couple receives OPP award for life saving

December 21, 2016
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 On June 10, 2014 at 16:39 p.m., the Bruce Peninsula Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) along with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, Tobermory Coast Guard and the Bruce County Emergency Medical Services; responded to a call of a vessel in distress near Hay Bay, Lake Huron, in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula.

Police investigation revealed a concerned citizen heard screaming from the shoreline and immediately called Police. The citizen had also observed a canoe which had capsized containing two males and one female; leaving them stranded in the chilly water.

At the same time Mark and Julie Kennedy, from Lancaster Ohio, USA, were boating nearby and responded to the cries for help. They located the three stranded people who were swimming in the five degree Celsius waters of Lake Huron. 

The citizen, who initially called OPP, observed the Kennedy(s) through binoculars, rescuing them by pulling them to their vessel using a rope. The Kennedy(s) transported them to Marine Operations Base in Big Tub Harbour, where they received medical care and further released.

Bruce Peninsula OPP officer, Provincial Constable Adam Belanger, impressed by the heroic efforts of the Kennedy(s), submitted a formal request to have them recognized through the OPP Awards Ceremony for Life Saving.  

"Due to the cold water temperatures and the limited boat traffic, and because of the time of the year, if it had not been for the quick, alert and caring actions of the Kennedy(s), the outcome would have been tragically different," said Provincial Constable Adam Belanger.

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On December 13, 2016, the South Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the South Bruce OPP Property Crimes unit executed a search warrant at a property on South Street, in Kincardine. 

As a result of the execution of the search warrant, police seized numerous items of stolen property, methamphetamine, and cannabis marijuana. The estimated, combined value of the seized controlled substances was $190.00. 

A 22-year-old male of Kincardine was charged with 2 counts of possessing a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, break and enter and careless storage of a weapon.  He was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for December 14, 2016.

A 21-one-year-old female of Kincardine was charged with 2 counts of possessing a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000 and careless storage of a weapon.  She was held in custody pending the results of a bail hearing scheduled for December 14, 2016.

A 17-year-old young person was charged with 2 counts of possessing a controlled substance, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000. and careless storage of a weapon.  The youth, who canít be identified under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, will be appearing in court as required to answer to the charges.  The South Bruce OPP is requesting anyone with information that can assist police to call 1-888-310-1122. 

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or send a web-tip to crimestop-gb.org, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

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