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Boating accident claims two lives

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At 3 p.m. on April 8, Antigonish District RCMP responded to a 911 call from a frantic woman indicating a boat had capsized near Seagrass Lane in Bayfield and there were people in the water.

RCMP, along with EHS and volunteer firefighters responded. Upon arrival at the scene, police spoke with a woman who was one of three people in the vessel, which was a 16-foot open boat. She was suffering the effects of water exposure and was transported to hospital by EHS. A witness found a man who was about 10 feet from shore and she pulled him in. He was alive at that time but was unresponsive. He was transported by EHS and attempts were made to revive him, however he died in hospital that evening. A third person was located by an RCMP helicopter, in the water near the capsized boat, about 200 feet from shore. The body was retrieved by EHS and firefighters, and was unresponsive. He was also pronounced deceased in hospital that evening.

Initial investigation has determined that the three individuals were employed by the Paq'tnkek First Nation for oyster fishing. All three individuals were wearing personal flotation devices. The deceased men were 29 and 28 years old and both were from Paq'tnkek First Nation. The investigation into the circumstances of this incident is ongoing.

Our thoughts are with the families of the victims of this incident at this difficult time.

File # 2019471031

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