Man rescued from ice floe

December 19, 2017
Pointe-Canot, New Brunswick

News release

The Lameque RCMP assisted in the rescue of a 48-year-old man trapped on an ice floe off Pointe-Canot.

On December 18, 2017, RCMP received a call shortly before 7:00 p.m., that someone was possibly trapped on an ice floe. The exact location was difficult to determine as the caller could only hear someone calling for help. When police arrived others gathered along the shore confirmed hearing the calls for help.

The man was difficult to locate because of the dark and the fact that he was drifting on the ice floe meaning the location of his calls for help kept changing.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax had a plane in the area that was able to use a spotlight which illuminated the area helping locate the man. A fire department rescue boat then proceeded in the general area of the man and was able to rescue him.

The 48-year-old man was cold when found by firefighters but was able to return home after being checked out by paramedics. It was believed the man was out fishing when he got trapped on the ice.

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Contact information

Sgt. Stéphane Blanchard
Northeast District RCMP
Caraquet Detachment
506-726-5222

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