WATCH ABOVE: A Good Samaritan is being credited with saving a man’s life after he fell into Lake Ontario near the Toronto waterfront early Monday morning.
Three Good Samaritans are being credited with saving a man’s life after he fell into Lake Ontario near the Toronto waterfront early Monday morning.
Toronto police said emergency crews were called to the pier near 55 Harbour Square just after 1 a.m. and located a man in the water clinging onto the edge of a boardwalk.
Police said three people in the area used an emergency ladder to lift the man onto a tire before he fell unconscious.
Firefighters and police then managed to pull the man to safety. He was taken to hospital with hypothermia but is expected to recover.
All three Good Samaritans were uninjured. It’s unclear how the man ended up in the water.
Police said the human body can hold a steady pace of breathing in cold water for only one minute.
“Somebody in that type of climate and that water is not going to last very long. Your body will shut down fairly quickly,” Const. Richard Baker said.
“You have the first initial shock where you start gasping. That’s the cold water. That’s your body reacting right away to the cold.”
Baker said anyone who sees a person in distress in the water should never jump in after them.
“Swimming is a very good asset. But in cold water and what we deal with out there, being a good swimmer doesn’t mean anything,” he said.
Police said calling 911 and using an object to help keep the person stay afloat is recommended.
-With a report from Cindy Pom