LENNOX ISAND, P.E.I. - A 29-year-old Lennox Island man is safe and sound following a harrowing ordeal in the waters near the community on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
“It’s a miracle," Lennox Island First Nation Chief Matilda Ramjattan said Tuesday following the man’s rescue.
She said a search was undertaken after the man’s dory was observed going in circles with no one onboard.
A spokesman with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre said they were advised by P.E.I. 911 at 10:57 a.m. of a person in the water and dispatched a Hercules aircraft and a Cormorant helicopter to Malpeque Bay. A Canadian Coast Guard fast-response boat and auxiliary coast guard vessels were also dispatched.
Ramjattan said the crew of the helicopter spotted the man in the water and hoisted him aboard. He was then transferred to an ambulance and taken to Prince County Hospital in Summerside to be assessed.
The man, she said, had been in 10 C water for about two hours before he was located and he wasn’t wearing a life jacket.
“This was his lucky day,” Ramjattan said.
The Lennox Island Fire Department issued a post Tuesday afternoon thanking those who came to their assistance.
“We would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thanks to our fellow responders, Tyne Valley Fire Department and Kensington Fire department, as well as the Coast Guard for their assistance in a water rescue this morning," the post read Our department and entire community is so extremely grateful for all you did for us.”
Ramjattan said the man was in a dory and fell out. She did not know the circumstances.
“He’s a young, strong individual and he was able to stay afloat,” said the chief after visiting the man at Prince County Hospital.