Flares in night sky coincide with police response in Iroquois

Pat Vandermeulen of Iroquois took these photos of two of the flares as they descended over Iroquois. Courtesy photos

Search for kayaker police now believe was never missing

IROQUOIS — The commotion unfolded between 10:45 and 11:15 p.m. last night, a resident of the village tells Nation Valley News. The effort involved a search for kayaker that police now say was never missing.

“There was a possibility of a missing kayaker, but what came back is that they were never missing,” said SD&G OPP Const. Eric Ranger.

Pat Vandermeulen reported seeing three flares, trailing smoke, coming down on the west side of the village or the area of the Iroquois Lock. A helicopter flew overhead and an SD&G OPP cruiser hustled up to the Iroquois dam and drove south across it — potentially into New York, according to another observer, Richard Zandbergen.

Observers also watched from cars parked at the village beach, Vandermeulen reported.

Update: Other commenters on social media say the authorities were searching for a young female kayaker who was spotted “struggling” in the St. Lawrence River near the Cardinal Legion earlier in the evening. On Facebook, Susan Peters reported it was the Royal Canadian Air Force Search and rescue 424 squadron that deployed the flares.

At 10:25 p.m., the OPP tweeted an appeal for anyone kayaking east of Cardinal around 8:30 that evening to contact them.


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