Search con­tin­ues for miss­ing boater

Toronto Po­lice bring in he­li­copter, marine unit to as­sist in search of a man who fell over­board near Scar­bor­ough Bluffs

StarMetro Toronto - - FRONT PAGE - Premila D’SA STAFF RE­PORTER

Toronto po­lice have called in the marine unit, coast guard and a he­li­copter from Tren­ton to as­sist in their search for a miss­ing Toronto DJ who fell off a boat near Scar­bor­ough Bluffs Sun­day night.

Po­lice re­ceived a call at 9:44 p.m. on Sun­day from a per­son on the boat who said his friend, a man in his 20s, had fallen over­board near Bluffer’s Park.

A man who said he is the vic­tim’s un­cle told re­porters the miss­ing boater is 27-yearold Partheepan Subra­ma­nium, an IT pro­fes­sional from Sri Lanka who also per­forms as DJ Brown­soul on the side.

The un­cle has told re­porters he helped raise the boy since he was 10 years old.

Po­lice had searched the area of Lake On­tario near Bluffer’s Park Sun­day night and re­sumed the search Mon­day morn­ing. The search for Subra­ma­nium con­tin­ued through­out the day, but as of Mon­day night, he had not been found.

Toronto po­lice Const. Allyson Dou­glas-cook said the search op­er­a­tion has be­come ex­ten­sive, with the marine unit, coast guard and a he­li­copter from Tren­ton be­ing brought in to can­vass the area along with Toronto po­lice of­fi­cers.

Pak Sel­vara­jah, a friend of Subra­ma­nium who works with him in the wed­ding in­dus­try, said he wants to or­ga­nize a search party him­self.

“We still have hope, ev­ery sin­gle one of my friends in (the) wed­ding in­dus­try, we’re very close-knit,” he told me­dia at the scene. “I’m go­ing to try to get every­body to come to (Bluffer’s Park) some­time to­day and get a search party go­ing, be­cause the more the mer­rier. We still haven’t lost hope.”

An In­sta­gram story, posted to an ac­count be­lieved to be­long to DJ Brown­soul, showed him boat­ing for a five-hour span in the late af­ter­noon and evening Sun­day.

A series of photos and videos shows the Toronto sky­line at sun­set, from the wa­ter. In another, he poses for a selfie on the boat, the CN tower in the dis­tance; He is not seen wear­ing a life-jacket, just a red sweater.

The fi­nal photo and video show the Toronto sky­line fad­ing into the dis­tance, the sun al­most en­tirely set.

The sun set just be­fore 9 p.m. Sun­day. Po­lice say they re­ceived the call, re­port­ing a man over­board, about 45 min­utes later.

With files from Ta­mar Har­ris, Alexan­dra Jones and

The Cana­dian Press Partheepan Subra­ma­niam, also known as DJ Brown­soul, is miss­ing af­ter he al­legedly fell off of a boat near the Scar­bor­ough Bluffs.


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