Flares overnight on St. Lawrence River

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

GLEN WALTER – Flares shot over the St. Lawrence River, east of Cornwall, early this morning (Monday) was part of a search for two men in the water.

SD&G O.P.P. Const. Tylor Copeland told Cornwall Newswatch there was an attempted theft of a boat in South Glengarry.

“They were scared off by the owner and then they actually got into the water and swam back to the Akwesasne side so there was a search looking for them,” Copeland said.

The O.P.P. search included a C-130 Hercules aircraft from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center at CFB Trenton dropping flares on the river around 4 a.m. as police searched for two men.

“They didn’t locate them but they did get contact with who they were and there’s an investigation to follow up with it,” Copeland said.

Copeland said the suspects had called into authorities to say they made it across the river.

“There were worries. They were swimming on the St. Lawrence. With the current and everything else, it’s not the best place to swim.”

There were RCMP officers from the Cornwall Regional Task Force who also aided in the search, CRTF Const. Angelique Dignard told CNW.