Search for miss­ing kayaker from Que­bec called off

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER SPECIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

The search for 24-year-old kayaker Charles Elie Mercier has been called off.

The young man from Sainte Mathilde in the LaMal­baie area of Que­bec left Blanc Sablon for Forteau. Re­ports in var­i­ous Que­bec me­dia say it was his in­ten­tion to cross the Strait of Belle Isle to New­found­land.

A state­ment Mon­day, Aug. 20, from the Joint At­lantic task force says af­ter an ex­haus­tive air, land and sea search by Mar­itime search and res­cue and the RCMP, along with as­sis­tance from the Sûreté du Que­bec, the case is be­ing passed on to po­lice as a miss­ing per­sons case.

It was re­ported that a kayak sim­i­lar to the one be­lieved to have been used by Mercier was found near Forteau.

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