Friday, June 17, 2011

Man Missing in the Rapids

                                        The Lachine Rapids viewed from above. A 52-year-old man has gone missing after he fell in or jumped from a spot where he was fishing in Verdun during an altercation with a fish and wildlife officer on Thursday, June 16, 2011, police said
MONTREAL – A 52-year-old man is missing after he fell or jumped into the St. Lawrence River near the Lachine Rapids during an altercation with a fish and wildlife officer.

The man had been fishing from the spot when he got into a dispute with the officer and the officer sprayed the man with cayenne pepper, according to media reports.

Three fire department rescue boats were launched Friday morning from the shore near LaSalle Blvd. and 7th Ave. in LaSalle after a call for help was received at 9:41 p.m., said Isabelle Lord, a Montreal fire department spokesperson. Montreal police, with help from a Sûreté du Québec helicopter, searched the area, but the hunt was called off at 1:51 a.m.

On Friday morning, Montreal police Constable Anie Lemieux said a decision on whether to resume the search had still not been made.

She said searches are not always continued the night after the person vanishes. "It's case by case," Lemieux said.

.....Sounds like this guy was from Verdun ? Also sounds suspicious to me that there was an altercation,the guy gets peppered sprayed,and then 'falls' or 'jumps' into the drink......I guess if you are the only one around ,you can tell the story anyway you like.

1 comment:

Les F said...

the Update good news for the man who 'fell' in the rapids: He's found safe at home the next day.....
Montreal police say a 52-year-old man who fell in the St. Lawrence River Thursday has been found safe at his home.

The man had been missing since Thursday after he fell into the river after an encounter with a provincial wildlife officer.

According to Radio-Canada, the man was fishing on the riverbank near the Lachine rapids when a wildlife protection officer approached him for a routine check and asked to see his fishing permit.

There was an altercation and the officer reportedly used pepper spray to subdue the man, who then fell into the river.

Firefighters and a provincial police helicopter conducted a search Thursday night, but did not find the man until Friday morning.