Paddle boarder rescues 7-year-old girl in Lake Erie, Norfolk OPP say

Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press/File

Provincial police in Norfolk County are praising the quick actions of a local paddle boarder who came to the rescue of a 7-year-old girl in Lake Erie near Long Point on Tuesday.

According to police, the girl had been on an inflatable floating device in the water when she drifted a kilometre away from shore around 7:16 p.m., police said.

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Emergency crews attended the scene on Erie Boulevard in Long Point just as a paddle boarder was bringing the girl ashore, police said.

In a statement, Const. Ed Sanchuk with Norfolk OPP said police wished to thank the individual, and reminded parents and guardians to stay within arm’s reach of their kids while they’re in the water.

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