Search underway for a missing firefighter in the St.Lawrence River – .

Search underway for a missing firefighter in the St.Lawrence River – .

MONTREAL – A rescue mission began Sunday for a firefighter who fell in the St. Lawrence River after a boat carrying people from a previous rescue mission capsized near the Lachine Rapids.

The boat would have sunk around 7:30 p.m.

About half an hour earlier, four Montreal firefighters responded to a distress signal from another boat in the area.

After retrieving the two people calling for help, the lifeboat itself capsized.

Although it is not known why the accident happened, rescuers were able to retrieve everyone on board except the firefighter, who is still missing.

“So the people they rescued, they went to the water, at the same time as the firefighters,” said Longueuil fire division chief Stéphane Difruscia. “But now all these people are counted, with the exception of a firefighter. “

Rescue teams from the Montreal police (SPVM), the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), the Coast Guard, as well as firefighters from Montreal and Longueuil participated in the search. An SQ helicopter was also at the scene.

“I have no information on the condition [of the boat]Said Montreal Fire Chief Louise Desrochers.

“But of course, we’re talking about the Lachine Rapids, so the water is really moving there.”

Firefighters asked the public to avoid the intersection of 75th Avenue and Lasalle Boulevard. as the search began.

– This is a developing story that will be updated.


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