OPP searching for man who fell from Wolfe Island Ferry

First responders travel to the Wolfe Island Ferry after reports of a man overboard on the evening of Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. Photo: Hunter Tastard-Homer

The Leeds County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating after a man went overboard from the Wolfe Island Ferry Monday night. 

On August 3, 2020 just after 7:30 p.m. officers from the Thousand Islands office and Frontenac Detachment were dispatched to the Wolfe Island Ferry Terminal. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) advised police that a man was observed going overboard in to the water while the ferry was travelling from Kingston to Wolfe Island.

Numerous support services attended to assist with the search including the JRCC boat and helicopter, OPP Leeds and Grenville Marine Unit, Kingston Fire Department and Howe Island Fire Department.

The search is resuming today with the assistance of the OPP Snow Machine, All-Terrain Vehicle and Vessel Enforcement (SAVE) team and Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU).

The man’s identity has not yet been confirmed. The investigation is ongoing and OPP are asking anyone who witnessed this event to contact 1-888-310-1122.

OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. Photo by Daniel Tastard-Homer

Samantha Butler-Hassan, Local Journalism Initiative

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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