THUNDER BAY – Thunder Bay Police Service officers were dispatched to the Neebing/McIntyre floodway, near the 700 block of William Street, at about 6:00 pm EDT on Sunday, July 14, 2019, following reports of a male in the waterway.
Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue received an alarm Sunday evening at 17:09:34 of a report of a person in the water in the McIntyre floodway. Two pumpers and a boat as well as a Platoon chief responded to this call and once on the scene a person was reported in the water near the CNR rail bridge. A Rapid Deployment Device was used along with a boat to locate the person that was submerged in the water. Three firefighters donned Mustang immersion suits and lifejackets and proceeded into the water to retrieve the individual. Once the person was out of the water EMS took over patient care.
First responders recovered the male, who was transported by paramedics to the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. Despite lifesaving efforts, the male was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
The Thunder Bay Police Service is now assisting the coroner as they investigate the circumstances surrounding the male’s death.
Thunder Bay Fire and Rescue would like to remind people of the dangers of rivers and waterways and to take extra care when around them.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 684-1200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, online at www.p3tips.com.