Search of Lake Ontario near Bath appears to have been false alarm

Loyalist Fire, OPP, JRCC, Greater Napanee Fire, Coast Guard, Lennox and Addington Paramedics, and the Crew from the Frontenac II ferry all participated in a seach of Lake Ontario near Bath, Ont. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Photo by Cris Vilela.


A large search and rescue operation took place last night after a report of something floating in the waters of Lake Ontario near Bath.

According to the Lennox and Addington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Detachment, the incident began at approximately 8:08 p.m. Officers of that Detachment and the Napanee Fire department responded to report, which was placed by concerned citizen who saw what appeared to be a body in Lake Ontario, off Hwy 33 just west of County Road 4.

Shortly thereafter, the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) from Trenton deployed a search and rescue helicopter to the area and began a search. OPP officers, firefighters and other emergency services personnel (including the Coast Guard and Lennox and Addington Paramedics) searched along the shoreline. The operation lasted over two hours, and was called off just before 10:30 p.m.

Searchers now believe that what was initially seen was actually a log found in the water. According to the OPP, there have been no missing person reports in the area.

Photo by Cris Vilela.


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