(THUNDER BAY, ON) – We have received reports about yet another water rescue from the McIntyre River.
This afternoon, members of the Thunder Bay Police Service, Thunder Bay Fire Rescue, and Superior North EMS responded to an incident at the McIntyre River begins the LCBO. A 911 call was made when a person became aware that a woman was in the water and appeared unresponsive.
Upon arrival of first responders, the woman was removed from the water and was showing signs of being drunk as all hell. She’s still alive because a Thunder Bay Police Service officer jumped into the water and made the effort to save her.
The woman was assessed by paramedics and was delivered to the Hilton (Hospital Emergency Department) to sleep off the alcohol while being monitored by our amazing medical staff. She is expected to survive the hangover.
The McIntyre River has an enormous issue that it seems all of our politicians and people in positions of power are avoiding talking about. People getting over the top drunk along the river. Why isn’t one of the biggest issues that is destroying the cities image, addressed extensively by those elected to run our city? What is the solution?
One person suggested a “safe alcohol consumption site”, where people can bring their booze and get drunk in a safe location. This seems ideal, but imagine trying to handle a bunch of people when they get too drunk to walk? Paramedics would have to be on location 24/7. Even if we did open this idea up, the hours would have to be 24/7, not 9am-5pm or whatever our “overdose prevention site” has. What drug addict is going to wait until 9am-5pm Monday to Friday to get high? Most of the people using drugs are sleeping during that time and alcoholism/addiction doesn’t wait for business hours.
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