Teenager Located Safe After Getting Lost In The Woods Looking For Firewood


The following is from Ontario Provincial Police:

On July 7, 2021 at 7:32 p.m., members from the Nipissing West (Sudbury) Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a missing person complaint on Burnt Island, French River.

A 15 year-old-person had strayed away from a camp site, looking for firewood.

With the assistance of the Nipissing West OPP members, Emergency Response Team, canine unit, marine unit and OPP helicopter, the person was located about 6.5 hours later by the OPP marine unit, with no injuries.

The OPP would like to remind the public of the "what3words" App offered for free by both android and apple devices to download. The app labels every three squared metres with a unique three-word location string which can be converted into latitude and longitude coordinates for entry into the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system in use at the OPP Provincial Communication Centre (PCC).

Even if the caller does not have the app previously downloaded on their mobile device, the PCC communicator can send a link to the caller's cell phone which will enable the caller (with data access and connectivity), to find their what3words location. The app is available in 43 languages but shares the location in English.

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