Search un­der­way for an­gler

Simcoe Reformer - - NEWS -

brant­ford - a search is ex­pected to re­sume Tues­day for a fish­er­man who fell into the Grand river on sun­day af­ter­noon.

on mon­day, brant­ford po­lice and fire­fight­ers, brant pro­vin­cial po­lice and the OPP un­der­wa­ter search and re­cov­ery unit searched in the area of erie av­enue, cock­shutt road bridge and down­stream, said brant­ford Po­lice insp. scott Wil­liams.

The search wrapped up at about 4:45 p.m. mon­day, he said.

Po­lice re­ceived a 911 call just af­ter noon on sun­day from wit­nesses who said they saw the man be­come sub­merged in wa­ter.

Wil­liams said the wit­nesses de­scribed the man as be­ing in dis­tress, “bob­bing up and down,” and then pre­sum­ably taken away by the cur­rent.

The man is de­scribed as be­ing about 50 years old with grey hair. He was wear­ing a tuque and a “lum­ber” style jacket.

Po­lice said mon­day they hadn’t re­ceived a miss­ing per­son’s re­port in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

Wil­liams said there could be sev­eral rea­sons for that.

“The per­son could live alone or was able to pull him­self out and is not aware of the me­dia at­ten­tion,” he said.

“We are do­ing our due dili­gence. We want to make sure we are do­ing ev­ery­thing we can.”

any wit­nesses or oth­ers with in­for­ma­tion about the miss­ing man or about some­one who re­cently fell into the river are asked to con­tact city po­lice at 519-756-7050.

on mon­day at about noon, about a dozen emer­gency work­ers, sev­eral ve­hi­cles and two boats could be seen un­der the cock­shutt road bridge. Po­lice were search­ing the river­banks with a drone while fire­fight­ers manned the boats.

Po­lice were re­strict­ing ac­cess to the river.

Lisa stocco, man­ager of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the Grand river con­ser­va­tion au­thor­ity, said oc­to­ber was a wet month, mak­ing banks ad­ja­cent to rivers and creeks slip­pery.

Gen­er­ally, river flows are lower at this time of year, she said.

over the week­end, the south­ern part of the wa­ter­shed re­ceived some rain, which would have slightly in­creased river flows, but they are well below lev­els for which the Grca would is­sue a state­ment, said stocco.

stocco said the pub­lic is al­ways re­minded to use ex­treme cau­tion in and around all rivers, streams and other wa­ter­bod­ies.

Pad­dlers, an­glers and other recre­ational river users should al­ways be aware of river con­di­tions and plan ac­cord­ingly, she said.

in­for­ma­tion on flows, weather and reser­voir con­di­tions is avail­able in the river data sec­tion of the Grca web­site.

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