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PostPosted: June 10th, 2021, 11:15 am 
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This from the news:

"OPP HELICOPTER SAVES 3 FROM SWAMP
(SPRINGWATER TWP) On June 6th, 2021 members of the Huronia West OPP and Springwater Fire Department were called to rescue an adult and two children from the Minessing Wetlands in Springwater Twp.
Emergency services received a call just after 6pm of 3 adults and 2 children canoeing in the wetlands and in need of help. The paddlers had run out of water and had minimal cellphone power.
A father and his two children were plucked from the Wetlands with the assistance of the OPP Helicopter. Two other adult males declined assistance and advised they were experienced outdoorsmen. All involved parties are now safe and without injury."

https://barrie.ctvnews.ca/opp-chopper-r ... -1.5459648

What next?

Call a helicopter to extract you from the back yard swimming pool?

I just can't believe how today canoeists are becoming dumber!
No filter to get water, insufficient water?
What stupidity.
I can't stand it anymore!!
End of rant!

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PostPosted: June 10th, 2021, 5:03 pm 
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Cheaper than uber? Must be. Maybe you can request they bring along something from Timmies since they we are thirsty :)


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PostPosted: June 10th, 2021, 6:36 pm 
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Must be fake news.Our O.P.P. is a professional and experienced outfit and isn’t in the habit of delivering water to people who simply are a little thirsty. Likely the press omitted crucial details.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2021, 12:18 pm 
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They should have just dropped a canister of water and a few power bars and flew on by. :D

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PostPosted: June 11th, 2021, 2:54 pm 
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I am reminded of my favorite waterborne idiots in need of rescue story. Not canoeists, but inner tubers. This reaches the absolute pinnacle of moronic decision making and took place a few years ago on my homeriver, the Gunpowder.

Short story, it got dark and the tubers were found by Search and Rescue the following morning.

The details:

It was mid-summer.
They had tubed a short couple mile section of the Gunpowder previously.
They decide to float a longer section. Much longer.
It got dark. They got scared, and decided to float no further. Here it is important to note that:

The section of the Gunpowder they were floating is class nothing, and rarely more than knee deep.

The longest distance between any bridge crossings on that stretch of the Gunpowder is a whopping 2.7 miles, so the furthest away from a road they could possibly have been is 1.35 miles.

There is a wide, groomed Rails-to-Trails hiker/biker path alongside the Gunpowder.

They elected instead to spend the night wet, huddled together in a corn field. For anyone, like these idiots, unfamiliar with corn fields the corn is planted in rows, and at the end of the rows is, something; a road, farmhouse, something. These are not Iowa-sized corn fields.

A chopper spotted them, still huddled in the corn field the next morning.

I weep for humanity.


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PostPosted: June 11th, 2021, 10:30 pm 
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If it's any consolation, I'm pretty sure they'll be sent a bill for it.

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2021, 9:25 am 
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When I was working in the swamp during the seventies doing the initial studies before it became a protected area, MNR had some concerns because there was a history of people getting lost in there, something like 40 sq miles to get lost in IIRC. To us it was a simple way out, just follow a compass bearing on top map and air photo. When the swamp floods in the spring, canoeing through the large area of flooded hardwood forests can be confusing without orientation. The mosquitoes can get pretty bad in there, maybe the fear of spending a night was too much.

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PostPosted: June 12th, 2021, 11:29 am 
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Thinking about the circumstances

Otter Mel wrote:
The paddlers had run out of water and had minimal cellphone power.


I would be willing to bet that having “minimal cellphone power” freaked the rescuees out more than thirst.

The “come save me” calls to 911, DNR, Park Service etc have become increasingly common with widespread cell coverage, and the mere thought of being without “My precious, my precious” device has become more than some folks can endure.

Again, I weep for humanity.


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PostPosted: June 13th, 2021, 9:02 am 
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In the old days, a car manual included instructions on adjusting the valves.

Now, a car manual includes warnings not to drink the battery acid.

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PostPosted: June 14th, 2021, 4:47 am 
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If they did not have cell phones, they probably would have found their way out. I don't know about you guys, but in the days before GPS', I've been turned around a couple of times on fairly remote trips, had to back track and start again, never one felt the need to get an extraction though.


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