Report of people through ice near Lancaster turns out to be ‘debris’

In this picture from the South Glengarry fire department, first responders line up along Highway 401 next to the Raisin River on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 after a report of two people possibly falling through the river ice. It turned out to be a false alarm. (@SouthGlenFire/Twitter via Newswatch Group)

LANCASTER – A report of two people on the ice on the Raisin River in South Glengarry who may have fallen through turned out to be a false alarm.

SD&G O.P.P. say they received a call around 1 p.m. on Christmas Day from a driver who saw two individuals on the river and had possibly broken through the ice.

The report brought South Glengarry firefighters, Cornwall-SDG Paramedic Services and SD&G O.P.P. to the scene along Highway 401 where the Raisin River crosses under the highway, west of Lancaster.

“Thankfully, the response was deemed unnecessary as the observed signs were not missing persons but debris. Another example of a unified response that was professionally handled by all involved,” the fire department tweeted.