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Impaired boater rescued from Lake Superior

Thunder Bay man fell overboard, rescued by off-duty OPP officer.

THUNDER BAY -- At least one boater had to be fished out of Lake Superior after two men allegedly operated a boat while intoxicated.

The incident happened Sunday night when an off-duty provincial police officer, on the lake with a civilian friend, came across the two men in a sailboat before one fell in the water, according to an OPP media release.

A 59-year-old man and a 49-year-old man will both appear in court in November charged with operating a vessel while having an illegal level of alcohol in their systems.

The incident was one of four impaired cases dealt with by the Thunder Bay detachment of the OPP over the weekend.

A 33-year-old Toronto man was arrested Saturday night after the SUV he was driving collided with a hydro pole on Birch Beach Road in Shuniah.

He and a passenger in the vehicle both suffered minor injuries requiring hospital treatment.

In the other incidents, both on Sunday, a 53-year-old Thunder Bay man was apprehended when police responded to a report of an erratic driver on Highway 102, and a 59-year-old Shuniah man was charged after he was spotted driving erratically on the Thunder Bay Expressway near Balsam Street.