Hamilton

Police save 5 kids from Lake Ontario after sailboats capsize during storm

Hamilton police marine unit saved five kids after their sailboats capsized under the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge during a thunderstorm on Tuesday. There were no injuries.

The students were all aged 11 and 12, police say

The Hamilton police marine unit rescued five sailing students from the water during a thunderstorm on August 6. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The Hamilton police marine unit rescued five sailing students from Lake Ontario during a thunderstorm Tuesday. 

Police say they were patrolling the waters just before 11:00 a.m. when they saw the kids sailing two small sailboats under the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge. 

The students were unable to keep control of their boats because of the heavy rain and winds during the storm, according to police. When their boats capsized, five kids ranging in age from 11 to 12 fell into the water. 

Police were able to rescue the students from the lake, brought them aboard and towed the sailboats back to LaSalle Marina in Burlington.

The students were sailing near the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge when their boat capsized, according to police. (Elaine Duguay)

Police say all the youths were wearing life-jackets and no one was injured.

In a press release, officials note that thunderstorms create dangerous conditions for boating and that "safety begins ashore with planning and training."