Charges laid in Seadoo deaths; possible human trafficking case

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Marine Unit pulls out of Marina 200 on July 13, 2015. (Newswatch Group/File)

AKWESASNE – Investigators believe two men who died Wednesday in the St. Lawrence River may have been part of a trio being smuggled into Canada.

A Seadoo capsized on the St. Lawrence River on Wednesday morning and emergency officials were called to the east end of Cornwall Island around 9:15 a.m.

Marine officers pulled two “unresponsive males” from the water. They were later pronounced dead by the Ontario coroner.

A third passenger, rescued by bystanders, and the Seadoo driver were taken to hospital and treated for their injuries.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service said their investigation has revealed the three passengers on the Seadoo may have recently entered Canada from India.

Authorities are still trying to locate and notify relatives before releasing their names.

The driver of the Seadoo has been charged.

Facing two counts of criminal negligence causing death, one count of conspiracy to commit and indictable offence and one count of breach of probation is Louis J McDonald, 36, of Snye, Que.

AMPS is also acknowledging the help from the CBSA office in Cornwall, the Akwesasne volunteer fire department, Cornwall and Akwesasne EMS and “especially” the civilian efforts for rescuing the third passenger in the water.

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