Capsized Boat That Led to Montreal Firefighter’s Death Not Suited for Rapids: Report

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The Lachine Rapids are seen successful  Montreal, Oct. 22, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

The Lachine Rapids are seen successful Montreal, Oct. 22, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Ryan Remiorz)

Quebec’s workplace wellness and information committee says a occurrence section vessel that capsized during a rescue effort past twelvemonth successful rapids disconnected Montreal, sidesplitting 1 firefighter, was not designed to beryllium successful that portion of the St. Lawrence River.

The study made nationalist contiguous into the Oct. 17 mishap identified 3 main factors that led to the decease of firefighter Pierre Lacroix.

Lacroix, a joined begetter of two, died aft becoming trapped beneath the rescue vessel portion coming to the assistance of 2 boaters successful distress.

The workplace information committee says the rushing waters successful the conception of the Lachine Rapids wherever the firefighters intervened exceeded the rescue boat’s capacities.

Their vessel capsized owed to a operation of the organisation of value of the firefighters, ample waves that engulfed the vessel and its positioning successful the trough of a question during the approach.

Investigators besides recovered the unit aboard the rescue trade and responders astatine a riverside bid station lacked capable training, exposing firefighters to the information of drowning during a rescue cognition successful an unmarked country of ​​the rapids.

Separately, a coroner’s enquiry into Lacroix’s decease volition statesman successful precocious November.

The Canadian Press

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