Montreal FF dies after department boat capsizes during a rescue mission

Three other firefighters and the boaters in distress survived


By Leila Merrill

MONTREAL — A Montreal firefighter died after falling into the St. Lawrence River Sunday night during an effort to rescue boaters in distress, the Canadian Press and Global News reported.

The boaters were saved, but the fire department rescue boat capsized. Three firefighters were rescued and taken to a hospital. The fourth could not be found initially. His body and the rescue boat were recovered Monday morning in a search by the police department’s nautical unit and area fire departments.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante offered her condolences to the firefighter’s family and colleagues.

“They give their lives to save the lives of others, and that is exactly what happened,” Plante said Monday.

 

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