After mere minutes of searching the river bottom, the Sûreté du Quebec dive team found the body of a 52-year-old man who drowned Monday evening in Brossard.
Divers retrieved the body only metres away from the banks of the St. Lawrence River as family members and onlookers watched the operation unfold late Tuesday morning.
Longueuil police spokesperson Mélanie Mercille says the man is presumed to have drowned after falling into the water while trying to recover an electric toy boat near the Parc des Vélos bike path in Brossard.
On Monday, searches on foot along the banks and on the water with help from the Canadian Coast Guard were not successful.
The circumstances surrounding the incident remain under investigation, police officials said, but the death is being treated as a tragic accident.
“We have some hypotheses that maybe the man had a medical problem and he fell down in the water. Or maybe his swimming abilities aren’t so good so when he couldn’t touch the bottom, he drowned,” Mercille said.
An autopsy will be preformed on the man’s body.