Boater found after large-scale search near Long Sault

A helicopter from the Joint Rescue Coordination Center at CFB Trenton. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LONG SAULT – A man has been found safe after a large-scale search on the St. Lawrence River near Long Sault late Tuesday night.

The man had headed out in a rubber dinghy from McLaren Campground around 2 p.m. Tuesday and was reported overdue, prompting the search on the water and in the air.

A Griffon helicopter from the search and rescue 424 Squadron at 8 Wing Trenton was part of the search party. Also taking part were the Canadian Coast Guard, the U.S. Coast Guard, two fire boats from Cornwall Fire Services and Massena Bay and an O.P.P. boat from Gananoque.

“The helicopter went out to search the area. They did locate him and he was in good condition so they just hoisted him up into the helicopter, transported him to Cornwall where O.P.P. was waiting for him and then once he was cleared they brought him back to his family,” Lieutenant Sheila Tham, public affairs officer for the Joint Rescue Coordination Center (JRCC) at 8 Wing Trenton, told Cornwall Newswatch.

Tham says the man’s boat had drifted and he was found sleeping on the Long Sault Islands near the Long Sault Dam.

The man was found sometime between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. today (Wednesday) when the final report was filed with JRCC.