Paramedics credit life jackets for saving lives of children ejected from boat

_ (press release) _ Paramedics responded to a call for 3 persons involved in a boating accident that occurred on the Ottawa river in the Britannia area in Ottawa’s west end. The Ottawa Paramedic Service Communications Centre received the call at 1213 hrs today (Saturday July 30th, 2016).

Paramedics arrived at the scene of a boating accident where a 39yr man, a 6yr old boy and 4yr old girl had been ejected from their small outboard powered boat. A witness to the accident on shore rescued all three victims from the water using their own boat recovering them to shore and calling 911.

While at scene, Paramedics treated a 6yr old boy for serious torso and extremity injuries, a 4yr old girl for minor shoulder injury, and a 39yr old man for minor hand injuries.

All injuries were sustained from both ejection from the boat as well as the boat’s propeller.

All three patients were transported to hospital with the 6yr old boy in serious condition while the other two patients were in stable condition on arrival at hospital.

The two children were wearing life jackets at the time of the incident which both contributed greatly to their survival as well as minimizing injury and what could have certainly been a tragedy.

During this holiday long weekend The Ottawa Paramedic Service would like to remind everyone to wear a life jacket while boating and be safe while enjoying water activities.