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Assistance Provided for the Port Huron Float Down

By City Staff

On Sunday, August 21, the City of Sarnia was involved in efforts to assist people attending the unsanctioned Port Huron Float Down event.

High winds during the event caused people to blow ashore on the Canadian side of the St. Clair River. Several City departments were involved in assisting with this incident.

The event was elevated to a major incident by Sarnia Police Service due to the concern of boaters’ personal health. Sarnia Police Service implemented a rescue mission to get people out of the water, increase their body temperature, and arrange transportation back to the US.

Sarnia Police Service mobilized Sarnia Transit, EMS, Sarnia Fire Rescue Service, Point Edward Fire & Rescue, CN Police, Red Cross, Canadian Border Services, Imperial Oil security, Arlanxeo security, and various City departments.

Sarnia Transit provided ten buses and drivers as well as supervisory staff. A total of nineteen trips carrying approximately 1,500 US citizens to the US side of the Bluewater Bridge were made.

The Public Works Department was involved in the closure of streets for the purpose of convening US citizens.

Sarnia Fire Rescue Services provided staff and fire trucks to assist in helping people out of the water.

Members of the Parks and Recreation Department staff spent several hours cleaning up garbage—including coolers, barrels, rafts, beer cans, a picnic table, inflatables, and more—that ended up on the Canadian shore.

A debriefing meeting is being scheduled for later this week. Further details and costs will be discussed, and additional information will be made available following the meeting. 

This article was posted Tuesday, August 23, 2016 9:56 AM

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