Police turn to underwater camera in search for possible missing woman
The search for a woman feared to have leapt from a bridge in Covehead continued Wednesday.
However, there no longer were boots on the ground, boats on the water or helicopters in the sky that marked the intense, coordinated search Tuesday.
RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler says an underwater remote controlled video camera was used Wednesday to search for a possible body.
“We are just doing everything we can to ensure that a full search has been completed,’’ she says.
“It’s a search — purely a search — at this point.’’
Butler says police are still asking the public to report any missing person or if someone was walking on the Covehead bridge early Tuesday morning to contact the RCMP at 902-368-9300.
The search began after a couple called 911 around 1 a.m. Tuesday after seeing a woman they believed to be 50 to 60 years old standing in the middle of the bridge. When the couple turned back to see if she needed help, the woman was gone.
The RCMP report that the couple searched the area below the bridge but there was no sign of the woman.
The RCMP, 413 Transport and Rescue Squadron out of Greenwood, N.S., Parks Canada staff, the North Shore Fire Department, P.E.I. Ground Search and Rescue volunteers, and local fishermen all joined search Tuesday as the day progressed.
A searcher uses binoculars Tuesday to search for a woman feared to have leapt from a bridge in Covehead. Ground search and rescue, the RCMP, Parks Canada staff, the North Shore Fire Department and local fishermen were all taking part in the search on Tuesday. On Wednesday, the search was scaled back. Police used an underwater video camera to search for a possible body.