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Coast Guard rescues teen kayakers on Lake Ontario

08/26/2012 05:42 EDT | Updated 10/26/2012 05:12 EDT
Two 16-year-old boys were rescued by the Coast Guard on Sunday morning, after they got separated from a group of kayakers on Lake Ontario.

A group had left the Niagara Region at about midnight, along with a support boat, on a trek to Toronto’s Cherry Beach.

But while the group was making its way to Toronto, there was a hiccup.

Toronto police Staff Sgt. Harlan Tinney said the group had to stop to help one of its members, though the two boys who got separated didn’t realize there had been a slow down.

"The two became separated because I think they continued on," Tinney said in a telephone interview.

"They didn’t realize they might have been a little further ahead, they didn’t realize that the group had stopped."

The Coast Guard was contacted and the larger group of kayakers was picked up. It took longer to find the remaining two kayakers.

But Capt. Jean Houde of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton, Ont. says the Coast Guard vessel Cape Storm found the pair about 8:30 a.m. ET on Sunday.

They had tied themselves together so they would not drift apart.

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