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2 boaters rescued on Lake Ontario may be charged

A boat sits next to a deck after a rescue on Lake Ontario on Aug. 16, 2011. CITYNEWS

Two people who became stranded on Lake Ontario and were rescued overnight may be charged, CityNews has learned.

Police declined to provide details of the charges, but the 21-year-old man and 22-year-old woman were rowing around 4 a.m. Tuesday when winds carried them far out into the lake, about six kilometres off Ontario Place, and their boat began taking on water.

“There were no life jackets, no lighting, no signalling devices, no communication device,” Sgt. Steve Kelly told CityNews.

“Any water has the potential for disaster as we’ve seen tragically this summer, and we could have been looking at another serious tragedy again today.”

The pair were rescued after the woman called her mother, who then called 911.

The Toronto Police Marine Unit found the pair and brought them in not long after. While the boat had a motor, there was no gas tank on board. Officers say the outcome could have been much worse.

The two were allowed to leave with family.