Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Patrols of Waterways in Thunder Bay, Ont., Saving Lives, Police Say

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Patrols of Waterways in Thunder Bay, Ont., Saving Lives, Police Say

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Waterway patrols saving lives, police say

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THUNDER BAY, Ont. - Police in Thunder Bay, Ont., say recently instituted patrols of the city's waterways are saving lives.

Since the inception of the patrols in December 2016, police say there have been approximately 50 incidents where interventions by officers have saved lives, either by pulling people from the water or taking them out of harm's way.

The most recent occurred on Wednesday night when a 20-year-old man was rescued from the Neebing-McIntyre Floodway.

Police say alcohol was involved and the man remains in hospital in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.

Acting deputy chief Don Lewis says officers have had "interactions" with more than 700 people in approximately 400 incidents since the patrols began.

Lewis describes those involved as predominantly "vulnerable" people with addiction issues and says many go to the areas along the waterways to drink or use drugs.

"Based on the fact that it's a waterway and there's risks associated to that and . …

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