This video documents various emergency services responding to and participating in a search operation for a missing man on Lac Saint-Louis in the south West Island area.
Services including the SIM (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal), the SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal), U-S (Urgences-Santé), the SQ (Sûreté du Québec) and the CCG (Canadian Coast Guard) responded to a nautical emergency call at about 9:30 PM in the Beaconsfield area of Montréal. Two men, including 40-year-old Pierre Lajeunesse, were out on a sailboat and are believed to have been under the influence of alcohol when Lajeunesse’s hat was taken by the wind and landed in the water. Lajeunesse, who was not wearing a lifejacket, jumped into the water to retrieve it. After entering the water, he did not resurface. The second man, unable to operate the sailboat, waited until the boat could run aground to find a phone to contact emergency services.
Search and rescue efforts continued into the night until 2:00 AM. The operation continued the next morning, with a base of operations set up at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club. Throughout the next hours, fire department and police patrol boats scoured the lake, river, and shores, with a Sûreté du Québec helicopter making low altitude flyovers. At about 3:00 PM, the search was called off, and Pierre Lajeunesse was officially presumed dead by drowning.
Not more than a day later, boaters found Lajeunesse’s body in the water about a kilometre away out from the Beaconsfield Yacht Club. Two days ago, Québec Coroners confirmed that the body was indeed that of Lajeunesse.
Boating safety is important. Take the measures necissary to ensure that accidents, however improbable, don’t happen.
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