Search underway for angler
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.