The Dryden Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), performed a water rescue on the Wabigoon River in Dryden on Sunday (May 22, 2022).

At around 3:20 p.m. on Sunday, officers responded to a report of an individual in need of assistance on the river.

With the help of the Kenora District Services Board EMS and the Dryden Fire Service, officers were able to locate the individual. Three officers entered the river to rescue the person from the cold, rushing water.

The individual was brought back to shore and transported to the hospital by EMS. As a result of the quick response by officers, the individual did not suffer any injuries.

The OPP says in a prepared release, that this incident could have turned out very differently if not for the timely response by all emergency services. Dryden OPP is reminding the public to follow important safety measures if venturing out onto frigid waterways:

  • Always wear a lifejacket or PFD. Many deaths on our waterways each year could have been prevented if the individual was wearing a personal floatation device.

  • Review the 1-10-1 Rule for cold water immersion and have a plan for if you become submerged. It is important to note that effects of hypothermia can begin within one hour and help may not be available in that time.

  • Download the What 3 Words app. This app is already being used by the OPP Provincial Communications Centre for its precise coordinates, which prove more accurate than traditional GPS. Downloading the app before you head out is strongly advised, as signal may not be strong enough to download the app after needing life-saving assistance.

  • Stay connected. Keep your phone in a waterproof case and always ensure it is fully charged before heading out. It is important to note that not all locations in OPP jurisdiction have cell phone service. Do your research, talk to locals and consider a satellite phone.