Canadian river tragedy Scotsman presumed dead

Published:  31 Jul at 6 PM
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A group of two rafts travelling down a Canadian river were swept over a waterfall, resulting in the deaths of an elderly Canadian couple and a Scotsman who is now presumed dead.

The Kettle River close to Grand Forks was the scene of the tragedy after the two rafts were swept over a 100ft waterfall last Saturday. The bodies of Jean and Ronald Legare, (71 and 74), were later recovered and a 16-year old Scottish boy swam to safety, but a Scotsman aged 50 has not been found and is now presumed dead.

The Canadian couple were part of a group of 13 who were rafting and tubing, according to witnesses who saw the fatal accident. Strong currents swept the rafts containing the four people over the falls.

A statement from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that helicopters and searchers on the ground had been unable to find the missing man. A ground and air search Sunday had taken place with no result, and the man’s family have been informed that he is presumed to have drowned.

The statement also confirmed that a full search to find the drowned man’s body will be undertaken by search and rescue services. The UK Foreign Office also confirmed that the local UK consulate will be offering assistance.
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