SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2016 – A 38-year-old man was the subject of a major search and rescue operation performed by the SPVM (Service de police de la Ville de Montréal), the SIM (Service de sécurité incendie de Montréal), the Sûreté du Québec and the CCG (Canadian Coast Guard) after reportedly falling into Lac-Saint-Louis at approximately 3:30 hrs that morning. The man and three of his friends had departed from the Pointe-Claire Marina at 23:00 hrs on September 30, heading for the open water between Pointe-Claire and Châteauguay, QC. There were reportedly lifejackets on board, as well as alcohol. The cold autumn weather had chilled the lake’s water to about 18°C, and there was a strong current heading Eastbound.
After the man had fallen overboard due to unknown circumstances, his friends had tried to rescue him from the water, however their attempts were unsuccessful. They returned to Pointe-Claire Marina to alert the authorities, where they were attended to by paramedics. Two were treated for hypothermia and the third was treated for shock. According to local fishermen, one could survive in the frigid water temperatures for a maximum of 12 hours.
Resources such as helicopters, rescue boats, a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft and police divers were deployed, but to little avail. The search was cancelled shortly after the second straight day of search efforts.
On Friday, October 7, 2016, police recovered the man’s body from Lac-Saint-Louis. This would mark the second drowning on the lake resulting from boating accidents in two months.
Please, sail responsibly and always be vigilant.
*Disclaimer: This video was taken in October of 2016*
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