An­nual search checks Bow for the miss­ing

Calgary Herald - - CITY -

In an ef­fort to lo­cate any miss­ing per­sons who may have ended up in or around the Bow River, emer­gency crews along with search and res­cue per­son­nel will con­duct their an­nual search of the wa­ter­way Tues­day. The search will be­gin Tues­day morn­ing at the Bearspaw Dam in the north­west and will move south to the city lim­its, the city said in a re­lease. Bow River water lev­els are at their low­est and clear­est at this time of year, which should hope­fully help crews from the Calgary po­lice, Calgary Fire Depart­ment and the Calgary Search and Res­cue As­so­ci­a­tion com­plete the search. “In Calgary, we re­ceive ap­prox­i­mately 3,500 miss­ing per­son re­ports each year. Most of those peo­ple are found, but there have been cases where peo­ple have vol­un­tar­ily or in­vol­un­tar­ily en­tered our wa­ter­ways and have not been able to get out,” act­ing in­spec­tor Paul Wozney with CPS ma­jor crimes said in a state­ment Mon­day. “The search is part of our due dili­gence to try to pro­vide an­swers to fam­i­lies that may be miss­ing their loved one.” Aquatic res­cue divers with the Calgary Fire Depart­ment will be de­ployed if any­thing sig­nif­i­cant is found. If any bod­ies are re­trieved, the med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice will make an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and de­ter­mine if any crim­i­nal of­fence has been com­mit­ted. An RCMP he­li­copter will also be search­ing along the Bow River from the south­ern city lim­its to­ward the Saskatchewan bor­der. This is the third con­sec­u­tive year that of­fi­cials have con­ducted a search of the Bow.

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