Bruce Peninsula OPP Report: Snowmobile Crash on Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Media Release

SNOWMOBILE CRASH ON NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA 

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On February 18, 2021 at 1:36 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a snowmobile crash on a trail, near Tobermory, in Northern Bruce Peninsula.

A 61 year old operator lost control of their snowmobile and collided with a tree. 

OPP officers were assisted at the scene by Bruce County Paramedics and the Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department.

The patient sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was air lifted to a regional hospital.

Grey Bruce OPP continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this collision.

Anyone with information that can assist Grey Bruce OPP can call 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a secure web-tip at www.cstip.ca, where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

OPP Rescue Stranded Hikers from Ice Floe Near Tobermory

(NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – The Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an incident on February 21, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. at the Bruce Peninsula National Park on Cyprus Lake Road, near Tobermory, in the Northern Bruce Peninsula. 

A pair of hikers had been walking on the ice near the park, when a large piece of ice broke away from the shoreline, leaving the hikers stranded, as this floating ice floe continued drifting out onto Georgian Bay.

Grey Bruce OPP were assisted at the shoreline by Bruce County Paramedic Services, Northern Bruce Peninsula Fire Department, Parks Canada and air support was provided by Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) from Trenton and OPP Aviation Services from Orillia. 

A JRCC Hercules aircraft located the hikers and continued circling above, monitoring the situation from the air. The hikers had drifted almost three kilometres from shore when the OPP helicopter was able to hover above the hikers and make a daring ice rescue, returning both people safely to shore. There were no injuries. 

Grey Bruce OPP Acting Inspector Debra Anderson praised the efforts of all of the involved emergency personnel, “This was amazing team work by all of the involved services. Everyone worked together to safely rescue these hikers. This situation could have ended in tragedy”.

The Grey Bruce OPP remind hikers, snowmobile operators, all-terrain vehicle operators and fisherman that travelling on ice, especially on open bodies of water, is extremely dangerous. Please make sure that you check the weather conditions, the ice thickness, always dress for the weather, have a safety plan and travel with a partner. The temperatures have really been fluctuating this winter, so use extreme caution when travelling and avoid unnecessary risks on the ice and near shore lines.

STUNT DRIVER REMOVED FROM THE ROAD

(SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) On February 28, 2021 at 12:26 p.m. Grey Bruce OPP stopped a pick-up truck on Highway 6, near Greig Settlement Road, in South Bruce Peninsula that was travelling over 140 kilometres per hour (km/h) in this posted 80 km/h speed limit.

Grey Bruce OPP have charged a 34 year old from Brantford, ON with stunt driving – 50km/h or more over the posted speed limit, contrary to section 172(1) Highway Traffic Act (HTA).

The accused was issued a provincial summons to attend court, a seven day drivers licence suspension and their vehicle was towed and will be impounded for seven days.

Slow Down and Drive Safe

GREY BRUCE OPP SNOWMOBILE PATROLS END IN CHARGES

(TOWN OF SOUTH BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On February 13, 2021 Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers conducted snowmobile patrol on area trails and highways. Officers conducted a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere) checkpoint on Highway 6, near a trail entrance and charged a snowmobile operator. A 51 year old from Windsor, Ontario was charged with operation while prohibited, section 320.18(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada. The accused must attend the Ontario Court of Justice in Owen Sound on March 25, 2021.

(GEORGIAN BLUFFS, ON) – On February 13, 2021 OPP officers conducted snowmobile patrol and located several snowmobile operators with open liquor on the trails. Grey Bruce OPP charged three (3) snowmobile drivers with Liquor Licence Act offences.

The OPP is committed to ensuring a safe, enjoyable experience for all Motorized Snow Vehicle (MSV) operators, not just on Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) trails, but in all locations including roadways, private property and non-maintained trails. 

SCHOOL BUS INVOLVED IN COLLISION IN LIONS HEAD

(MUNICIPALITY OF NORTHERN BRUCE PENINSULA, ON) – On February 11, 2021 at 3:28 p.m. Grey Bruce Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a collision involving a school bus and a sport utility vehicle at the intersection of Main Street and Moore Street in Lions Head, in the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula. 

The First Student School Bus had 24 students on board and a driver. There were no injuries.