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2012-03-24 at 11:45

Firefighters rescue woman who fell in water near McIntyre Floodway

By Jeff Labine, tbnewswatch.com
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Firefighters have rescued a 19-year-old-woman who was 100 metres from shore in the icy waters of Lake Superior.

Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a woman who fell into the ice sometime after 9 a.m. Saturday. Police say an employee at Keefer terminal heard shouts for help and called 911.

When EMS, police and fire arrived, the woman was in too deep of water for her rescuers to get to her. Police say she was hanging onto a tree stump about 100 metres from shore near the Neebing McIntyre Floodway.

Firefighters had to use an airboat to retrieve her.

Police say the woman had told them that she was drinking the night before and couldn’t recall how she got onto the ice. Paramedics took her to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

Platoon Chief John Mill said when firefighters picked her up she was suffering from hypothermia. It’s the second time the hovercraft has been used for an emergency the first being an ice rescue in February.

But Mill said this time it was far more serious.

“She was suffering from hypothermia but how badly we’re not sure,” Mill said. “She was having trouble walking so I’m sure she was very cold and she was wet. She may not be out of the woods yet with hypothermia. She said she was out there for 24 hours. I don’t believe that. I believe she wandered out there in the wee small hours of this morning.”

Mill said Lake Superior is very dangerous right now with the shifting ice and the airboat was having a tough time. He urged people to be cautious while on water.



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trent says:
That airboat is awesome.
3/24/2012 2:06:02 PM
jb says:
3/24/2012 5:41:23 PM
citizenreporter says:
"Police say the woman had told them that she was drinking the night before and couldn’t recall how she got onto the ice."

Rescuing drunks from the water, only in Thunder Bay.
3/24/2012 6:10:46 PM
pagirl says:
Only in Thunder Bay?

I hardly think so.
3/24/2012 10:22:36 PM
tsb says:
The only thing unique to Thunder Bay in this story is the word "wee".
3/25/2012 9:46:50 AM
feduptaxpayer#1 says:

And high taxes! Nowhere in the world pays higher taxes than Thunder Bay!

And there's insane amounts of crime! 80 muggings per square inch on every street!

Everything is just awful here. I should move. Then I could complain about somewhere else!
3/26/2012 1:29:16 PM
young&concerned says:

Come On! Where is the outrage?
Our city took one on the chin on national television over this issue. If this individual would have gone through the ice and went missing…it would have been all over the news. Thunder Bay loses another youth
3/24/2012 8:03:58 PM
Sui Generis says:
What in the world are you talking about?

This person DID go through the ice. However, they did not go missing, thanks to the quick actions of our emergency personnel. Who are we supposed to be outraged at?

Just looking for something to pick at, are ya?
3/24/2012 10:54:26 PM
young&concerned says:
What in the world am I talking about? Well trust me if my two pervious post would have been published, you would have know exactly what I was talking about.

I guess the source people like this process…reject posts that tell clearly what individuals want to add. Edgy…maybe but the truth and to the point! So to add a post to get published we have to be so vague in attempt not to hurt anyone’s feeling or upset that some can figure out what we are trying to say. Then they responses (like the above) get posted and now we have a bunch of un-upsetting comments that say nothing! Next story!

3/25/2012 12:18:15 PM
Random says:
You nailed it!
Guess my first post didn't make it because of one word I chose to use, so i'll try again, sans one word:
Send her the bill for the rescue, publish her name (a little humility goes along way) and charge her under the Trespass to Property Act...since she was rescued from the water, she was "found committing".
3/26/2012 8:57:55 AM
panzerIV says:
If anything hopefully this is that 'moment' where she realizes that she needs to move on past drinking till the point of black.

Way too many people in this city are binge drinkers. Drink till you can't remember anything. What ever happened to having a drink with friends.
3/24/2012 11:33:58 PM
moi says:
Glad to hear she was rescued,but it makes you wonder how long it'll be before we read a story of someone meeting a tragic end because of stupidity like this.If she loses a digit due to hypothermia she'll have no one to blame except herself .I have a feeling that,at this rate the airboat will pay for itself in no time...kudos to the firefighters.
3/25/2012 10:45:52 AM
Steven says:
Our society has done a great job at saving pretty much everyone no matter what stupid things they do. Sometimes its dumb luck like in this case, sometimes its on an operating room table or through other medical intervention. As a result, we as a species are getting dumber and weaker.

You may disagree with my above statement, but it is a fact. Natural selection is pretty much dead, and when we as a species are actually tested harshly at some point in the future, we will crumble.
3/26/2012 1:21:37 PM
tsb says:
So what do you propose to solve this problem?
3/26/2012 5:44:01 PM
Random says:
Funny post you have there Steve.
If i'm not mistaken, and i'll try to be to the point, but aren't you stating here that we have become weak and welfare dependant? Depending on people to save us, fix us, that we have messed with natural selection?
Because YOU are the one constantly advocating for money to be yanked from our combined EMS and put towards welfare programs, such as rehab, training programs etc. Isn't welfare messing with natural selection? Isn't interveneing in an addicts life messing with natural selection? If the combined EMS helped save this wayward soul, isn't that the same as your precious welfare programs?
Don't you hate getting busted for talking out of both sides of your mouth?
Credibility zero.
Are people like YOU part of the reason natural selection is failing?
3/27/2012 10:49:09 AM
Mastermind says:
They should publish her name. It should be emphasized that once again alcohol is again a factor in a incident where someone goes through the ice. Once again someone's stupidity puts the lives of our emergency personnel at danger and costs the city money. Who says they are not worth the money we pay them. This will happen again and I'm sure the results will be tragic with blame going to our public service workers for not doing enough to curbing others idiotic behavior.
3/26/2012 9:55:05 PM
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