July 8, 2019 2:16 pm
Updated: July 8, 2019 8:35 pm

Man missing after boat capsizes in St. Lawrence River

The small boat capsized on Monday in the St. Lawrence River.

Yannick Gadbois/Global News

A man is still missing Monday evening after a small boat capsized in the St. Lawrence River in the Montreal area earlier in the day.

Patricia Traversy, spokesperson for the Saint-Constant and Sainte-Catherine fire department, said another man who was in the boat was rescued. He is suffering from hypothermia and was taken to the Anna-Laberge Hospital in Châteauguay.

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The man who went missing was not wearing a life jacket in an area of the river where the current is strong, according to Traversy.

Traversy said the two men were heading for l’île au Diable, near Sainte-Catherine’s recreation park, at approximately 8:15 a.m. to retrieve a drone.

The search-and-rescue operation continued until Monday evening in the river near the Champlain and Jacques-Cartier bridges. The operation is expected to resume on Tuesday.

The Montreal fire department sent rescue teams to the area. Chief Louise Desrosiers says more than 20 firefighters and four boats from the department have been searching the river.

Longueuil police and firefighters were also deployed along the St. Lawrence Seaway.

A search helicopter was also dispatched to fly over the area.

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— With files from Global News’ Kalina Laframboise

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