At the Central Elgin Council Meeting on March 13, 2017, Joe Jackson of L.R. Jackson
Fisheries was recognized for his assistance to Central Elgin Fire Rescue in December
when a kayaker was in distress near Little Beach.
Mayor Marr gave a description of the event that transpired that day " On the afternoon
of December 26, 2016, a person observed what appeared to be a kayaker in distress
approximately 250 to 300 yards out from Little Beach hanging on to a submerged kayak,
frantically waving his paddle. At times the witness lost sight of the kayaker and
immediately called 911.
Central Elgin Fire Rescue was dispatched to respond, once on scene, crews were able
to see the Kayaker struggling to stay above the water in the three meter waves,
and immediately requested response from CFB Trenton and realized they had to come
up with an immediate plan, otherwise the three meter waves would overtake the kayaker.
Because Marine Rescue was already in winter storage, crews came up with a quick
plan to contact Jackson Fisheries to acquire their boat, as well as deploy a personal
In the meantime crews maintained visual contact and were in constant communication
with the rescue team. Fire Crews on the PWC were able to direct the fishing tug
to the location of the kayaker, and were able to utilize the pole to reach the Kayaker
and pull him safely into the fishing tug. The kayaker was subsequently transported
to hospital as a precaution."
Chief McDonough stated " This water rescue was an extraordinary team effort by all
involved, and is deserving of recognition, and commendation, and special thanks
to Joe Jackson of L.R. Jackson Fisheries."
Mayor Marr expressed "On behalf of Central Elgin, again, thank you very much. it
was great to see the community come forward, and use an individual to help our rescue
team, this was indeed a team effort. But not everybody responds the way you did
this time, and again, thank you very much!"
Chief McDonough presented Joe Jackson with a Plaque showing an engraving of his
fishing tug and commendation from Central Elgin for helping save a life.
Duke Cummins, District Chief of Port Stanley also presented Joe Jackson with a card
and gift certificate to go out for dinner in appreciation of his efforts that day.