OPP, Lakeshore Fire and Rescue, and the Canadian and American coast guards are combing Lakeshore waters by boat and helicopter.
According to a neighbour, two 18-year-olds, a Lakeshore man and his Windsor girlfriend, were canoeing around noon when they fell in the water.
The man was able to swim to shore, but the girl hasnt been seen.
OPP Sgt. Rick Tonial said the teenagers, who werent wearing life jackets, tried to walk back to shore, but became disoriented from the frigid temperature of the water.
At this point its a rescue effort and as time passes it will be a recovery effort, he said.
Tonial said the man is being treated for hypothermia at Windsor Regional Hospital.
Nancy, a neighbour on the lakeside Lillydale Avenue who asked to be referred to be her first name only, said she and her husband were on there way out when they saw their neighbour by the shore.
He said he heard a girl calling for help in the water, she said.
The neighbour then jumped in his boat and unsuccessfully searched the water.
Karen, a neighbour who called 911, said she noticed the canoe and thought it was odd to see out this time of year.
It was pretty far out. I couldnt even tell what it was, she said.
Karen said she had a bad feeling.
Her instincts were right when she heard a man calling for help.
After she called 911 she grabbed blankets for the shivering man who was almost at shore.
Karen said the water is shallow enough to walk from around 150 yards out.
The canoe was far beyond that, she said.
The man was upset and disoriented, she said.
Tonial said emergency crews wrapped him in a blanket.
He is very upset the girl hasnt been found, he said. Its not advisable to go out in the waterways at this time due to weather conditions. Its probably 55 to 60 degrees at which hypothermia can kick in at anytime.
The search continues.
Edited by sherri, 11 March 2012 - 03:37 PM.