This is why when you’re going to camp or into the bush, you always tell someone where you’ll be and when you expect to return.
A Levack man is safely back at home after his boat broke down on the weekend, stranding him at camp.
On May 19 at 8:15 p.m., the Nipissing West OPP responded to a report of an overdue person on Onaping Lake in Emo Township.
The 50-year-old man from Levack went to his boat access cabin on the weekend and failed to return home when expected.
Marine officers from the Sudbury OPP Detachment along with a conservation officer from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry were able to locate the man by around 11:40 p.m. He was fine.
“Investigation revealed, while returning to the landing, the vessel broke down but he managed to paddle back to the cabin,” the OPP report. “Due to poor cell coverage, he was unable to call for assistance. The party was transported to his vehicle, at the landing, by officers.”
Besides making sure to tell someone where you're going and when you expect to return when heading into the bush, the OPP advises people to do a thorough check of vessels and safety equipment before heading out on the water.