OPP dive team called for re­cov­ery

Kingston Whig-Standard - - NEWS -

Kingston emer­gency ser­vices were called to the wa­ter around the LaSalle Cause­way just af­ter 8 p.m. Thurs­day night by wit­nesses af­ter they re­ported see­ing a man in the wa­ter hav­ing dif­fi­cul­ties near Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege.

Wit­nesses re­ported to Kingston Fire and Res­cue they saw “a male strug­gling to stay at the sur­face but had dis­ap­peared af­ter a brief res­cue at­tempt by one of the wit­nesses.”

Kingston Po­lice, On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice, Fron­tenac Para­medic Ser­vices and Kingston Fire and Res­cue were all on scene in an at­tempted to lo­cate the male.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, they “at­tempted to help him with­out suc­cess. Po­lice, fire and am­bu­lance were called, along with the Coast Guard and a search and res­cue he­li­copter from Tren­ton to con­tinue the search for the man.”

Kingston fire boat TH Pat­ter­son was de­ployed, along with fire­fight­ers in res­cue gear in the wa­ter, in a search pat­tern south of cause­way, with Coast Guard and a Cor­morant search and res­cue he­li­copter from Cana­dian Forces Base Tren­ton search­ing the Cataraqui River north of the cause­way.

Traf­fic was se­verely af­fected due to the in­creased vol­ume caused by the Royal Mil­i­tary Col­lege’s Sun­set Cer­e­mony and fire­works, with the cause­way down to one lane of traf­fic flow­ing west into down­town. East­bound lanes were closed at The Trag­i­cally Hip Way.

Crews con­tin­ued to search but didn’t lo­cate the victim.

The OPP dive re­cov­ery team was called to the scene just af­ter 11 p.m.. while Kingston Po­lice will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate.

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