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Nails in plank of wood injure young girl in Port Elgin, family wants answers

An Ontario family was ending a great day on the beach in Port Elgin when their daughter stepped on something sharp in the sandy parking lot.

“We started looking in the sand to see if we could find anything. My wife’s cousin first found it with her hand,” says Fraser Mahon, the girl’s father. “We cleared the sand to find a massive board in the sand, full of nails.

The two to three foot long board with more than 20 nails pierced Fraser’s daughter’s foot in at least two places.

“We were concerned about the infection, knowing that the nails were deeply embedded in his foot. So we just watched for a few days,” he says. “She eventually healed and she’s fine.”

Saugeen Shores Police are investigating after a young girl stepped on a wooden plank covered in nails while walking on the beach in Port Elgin, Ontario. on October 23, 2022. (Credit: Saugeen Shores Police Department/Facebook)

The Mahons say there is no way the board could have accidentally ended up buried in the sand of the Port Elgin beach parking lot. They have no doubt it was a deliberate act and immediately contacted the Saugeen Shores Police Department, who are currently investigating.

“Disgusting. Deplorable. What kind of person could do such a thing?” asks Mahon.

The Mahons grew up in Port Elgin but now live in Barrie, Ont., and were at the beach on October 23, visiting family when they found the board buried in the sand.

“Knowing some of the politics in Port Elgin, it was placed where people park their cars, so probably aimed at tourists to cause trouble. Who knows exactly what the motive was, but unfortunately my daughter was the end result,” he says.

Mahon has Saugeen Shores install beach security cameras to not only catch anyone doing this in the future, but also to act as a deterrent.

“I would love to see the city with a bit of responsibility and put cameras there. They are no longer expensive. There’s really no reason for them to argue about it, with the amount of money at Saugeen Shores,” Mahon says.

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