Heavy emergency response after scuba diver gets separated

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LONG SAULT – A scuba diving excursion turned into some anxious moments for a group along the Long Sault Parkway Friday.

A heavy presence of first responders could be seen along the section of the park where Old Highway 2 runs into the water (Phillpotts Island) – a popular diving spot – around 3 p.m. (Aug 4).

A witness told Cornwall Newswatch there were South Stormont firefighters, paramedics, an O.P.P. boat and St. Lawrence Parks Commission vehicles around the site.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Tylor Copeland told CNW a scuba diver got separated from his diving buddies for about 45 minutes.

He was located on a nearby island, uninjured, though details are vague on how he got there – whether he swam to the island or was picked up by someone.

“Nothing wrong with the diver, he just got separated from the pack and he ended up close to where they were,” Copeland said.

There was no other information available, other than the person who called in the missing scuba diver was from Quebec.