Search and rescue teams have identified firefighters who drowned in the St. Lawrence River


Montreal fire chief Richard Liebman confirmed that search and rescue personnel found the remains of a boat that sank in the St. Lawrence River early Monday morning.

Montreal Firefighters (SSIM) firefighters went under the waters of the St. Lawrence River on Sunday, rescuing those in distress in Montreal.

The crew used the camera to make sure they were trapped under the fire boat.

Liebman said the rapid flooding in Labin Rapids made it difficult to retrieve his colleague. Sending divers to fast-moving water is very dangerous, he said.

Several emergency services were deployed early in the morning to track firefighters. La Prairie, Longueuil, Varennes and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu fire departments are working with their Montreal counterparts as Water Patrol Officers of the Montreal Police Department (SPVM).

In addition, the Canadian Armed Forces Search and Rescue Team assisted in the search.

Helicopter searches should be conducted in the night, on the river and on the shore.

The rescue boat sank while the crew was helping the boat. Firefighters went under the water, and then spotted the camera trapped under the boat’s remains.

According to information dispatched overnight from Sûreté du Québec (SQ), a boat carrying four Montreal firefighters went to rescue two people in another distressed boat in LaSalle Borough, Lausanne Borough, at 7:10 pm Sunday.

Two people were rescued, but for some reason, the firefighters boarded the boat.

“So the people they rescued, they went into the water with firefighters,” Longfeil Fire Chief Stefan DiFruskia said Sunday night. “But now, with the exception of one firefighter, all those people are numbered.”

Three of them were rescued and transported to hospital, as were the two victims.

A reminder of the culture

There was an outpouring of support throughout the province after news of a member of the emergency services falling into the line of duty.

Montreal mayoral candidate Valerie Plante said it was a sad reminder that first responders are risking their lives in defense of the community.

“As the search progresses, I thank SPVM, and, SQ, Canadian forces and the Montreal Firefighters who are participating in the operation,” he wrote on Twitter.

– with files from the Canadian Press.



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