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OPP helicopter rescues woman who fell through ice in Bracebridge

Police say she is being treated for potential life-threatening unjuries
2019-01-21 OPP Snowmobile Safety Week 5
OPP helicopter. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters

BRACEBRIDGE - On Feb. 10, 2021 at 9:15 a.m. Bracebridge Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a person through the ice near Campbell's Road and Gravenhurst Parkway in Bracebridge. A Keswick woman indicated that she was out for a hike on Paul's Lake when she fell through the ice.

Bracebridge OPP patrol members attended and requested additional assistance from the OPP Aviation Search and Rescue (SAR), The Snowmobile, All Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement Team (S.A.V.E), The Emergency Response Team (E.R.T), The Muskoka EMS and Gravenhurst Fire Department.

The 33-year old female was safely extracted from the ice by the OPP helicopter and flown to local hospital where she is currently being treated for potential life-threatening injuries. Two officers also received medical attention as a result of the rescue.

This behaviour not only puts the person in harm's way but when first responders are called to an emergency on ice, the rescue efforts are complicated and puts police, firefighters and paramedics lives at risk. Please remember that no ice is safe ice.