Teens rescued from Lake Ontario ice
Two teens are home and safe after a harrowing episode on Lake Ontario on Friday afternoon.
Just after noon police received a call that two teens were trapped on the ice in the lake, just off Mimico Waterfront Linear Park, near Lakeshore Boulevard West and Mimico Avenue.
According to police the teens were on their lunch break when they decided to play on some ice. Then, the winds picked up and began pushing them out into the lake.
Police officer Derek Davey was first on the scene.
"I came by and located two kids," he told CBC News, "one on this hunk of ice here and the other out in the middle. They sort of floated out once they got on."
After about 10 minutes the winds changed again and the boys were slowly blown back towards the shore.
Davey did his best to keep the boys calm. He tried to reach them with an extension cord a passerby gave him.
"I was just trying to talk to them. I tried to pull one in with an extension cord but it was too slippery. Thankfully the wind changed and they came in a little closer," said Davey.
Const. Dave Taylor with the Toronto police marine unit rushed to the scene along with his colleagues.
Taylor said the teens wouldn't have lasted long if they had panicked and fallen into the icy waters.
Thankfully, said Taylor, there were no injuries.
"They're a little cold and luckily the officer was here to help them out," said Taylor.
The teens were checked out by paramedics, then put in a police car to warm up, and driven back to school.