Montreal: Opération sauvetage sur glace / Car through ice triggers water rescue 1-2-2018

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At midnight this morning water and ice rescue crews from the SIM were deployed on Des Prairies River near Notre Dame des Anges Street in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The initial call was for a car that had plunged into the freezing waters of the river, with a person on board. Rescue technicians used two boats to patrol the vicinity of the water way near the shore, in search of the car. They used powerful spot lights and pike poles to scan some meters deep into the water but declared the search over about an hour into it. Ambulance and a paramedic supervisor were dispatched, standing by with a stretcher. Numerous SPVM police cars gathered at the scene too. In the morning hours it was later determined that there was no occupant in the car which has since been retrieved. Jean-Pierre Brabant, a spokesperson at the SPVM explains that the Toyota Rav4 car involved in the search was in fact stolen. The police also revealed that upon officers arrival, the car was spotted standing on the ice meters away from the shore. It is only moments after that the heavy vehicle ended up breaking the ice before sinking to the bottom.

Ce matin à minuit les équipes de sauvetage nautique du SIM ont répondu à un appel pour un sauvetage sur la Rivière des Prairies près de la rue Notre Dame des Anges. Selon le SPVM une voiture aurait plongé dans la rivière et selon les rapports préliminaires, une personne serait à l'intérieur. Les pompiers ont installé des lampes et navigué dans les eaux froides à la recherche du véhicule mais ont depuis abandonné les recherches. Des véhicules de Urgences Santé ont été déployé et une civière a été apperçue mais aucun transport ne semble avoir été effectué. Jean-Pierre Brabant, porte parole du SPVM confirme que la voiture était vide au moment de l'incident et qu'il s'agissait en fait d'un véhicule volé. Selon la police encore, les premiers agents sur scène auraient apperçu la voiture immobilisée sur la glace avant de la briser et de couler.

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