Body of miss­ing man found in Hants County lake

Truro Daily News - - OBITUARY / PROVINCE - By ca­role Mor­ris-un­der­hill

The body of a miss­ing 83-yearold fish­er­man was lo­cated by RCMP of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers in the wee morn­ing hours of Thurs­day.

The Lock­hartville res­i­dent, whose name is not be­ing re­leased at this time, was lo­cated in David­son Lake shortly be­fore 3 a.m. Fire­fight­ers were ini­tially called to aid in the search around 12:45 a.m.

“Be­cause of the na­ture of the call and the de­tails – it was a male who had been miss­ing from a fish­ing trip and pos­si­bly fish­ing at the lake – we de­cided we would get Windsor and Brook­lyn started out with their RTVs and Windsor’s boat just in case we had to launch it for a wa­ter search,” said Paul May­nard, Hantsport’s deputy fire chief.

“It took a bit to ac­cess the area. It’s ba­si­cally what I’d call a log­ging road that we had to get up. The off-road ve­hi­cles from Windsor and Brook­lyn proved to be a great as­set for us to get up and ac­cess the sites with the crews.”

May­nard said the de­ceased man’s fam­ily knew where he had planned to fish that day, which helped fire­fight­ers and RCMP of­fi­cers quickly lo­cate the ve­hi­cle and nar­row down the search area.

“The RCMP asked us to be­gin a shore­line search while ground search and res­cue was mus­ter­ing their re­sources,” said May­nard.

While the search was un­der­way, May­nard said the man was lo­cated and brought to shore.

“We did at­tempt a re­sus­ci­ta­tion ef­fort in co­or­di­na­tion with the paramedics that were on scene from EHS. He was de­clared de­ceased on scene shortly af­ter,” said May­nard.

The in­ci­dent was then turned back over the RCMP, who launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. In a press re­lease is­sued Thurs­day, RCMP said an au­topsy will be con­ducted by the Nova Sco­tia Med­i­cal Ex­am­iner’s Of­fice, and in­di­cated foul play is not sus­pected.

About 40 fire­fight­ers were in­volved with the call.

David­son Lake is a pop­u­lar fish­ing spot, and also serves as a source of wa­ter for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

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