RCMP takes over search for N.B. teen who fell overboard while fishing

FILE - A Cormorant from 413 Squadron based at CFB Greenwood took part in the search. Andrew Vaughan

The search for a 15-year-old fisherman who fell overboard Monday morning in northeastern New Brunswick was suspended at nightfall and handed over to the RCMP as a missing persons’ case.

RCMP confirmed that a distress call went out at 9:45 a.m., after Justin Landry fell off a fishing vessel several kilometres off of the Pointe-Sapin wharf.

The community is about an hour-and-a-half away from Moncton.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Halifax, which led the search efforts, tasked a Cormorant helicopter, three Canadian Coast Guard vessels and a Transport Canada aircraft as part of the operation.

As well, more than 20 local boats went out into the water for the hours-long search.

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At around 8 p.m. JRCC suspended their search and New Brunswick RCMP assumed the lead role in the investigation.

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“Specialized policing services are assisting, including the RCMP Helicopter and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team,” RCMP said in a Tuesday update.

Police said they remain in contact with Landry’s family during the investigation.

The teen was last seen wearing a blue sweater, green rubber pants and green rubber boots. Anyone with information that could help find Landry is asked to call the Richibucto RCMP detachment at 506-523-4611.


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