Fishermen still missing
By Nick Zacharias
PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS
Though a boat was found in the choppy waters of the Lake of Two Mountains on Sunday, November 15, the two fishermen have not yet been located.
Two young men from Mascouche who have been the focus of a massive search effort on the Lake of Two Mountains starting last weekend have yet to be found. The avid fishermen are identified as Dylan Auger and Antoine Paquin, both in their early 20s. They went out on the cold water of the Ottawa River in the area of Saint-Placide (west of Oka) Saturday, November 14, and were reported missing by their families when they did not return home Saturday evening.
Pleas went out on social media for assistance in locating the two missing men, whose small boat was found floating, half-submerged and unoccupied. The search so far has involved many civilians, as well as the Canadian Coast Guard, the Sûreté du Québec and responders from Hudson, Rigaud and Oka. Search efforts on Sunday took place by boat and along the shoreline, and also saw SQ divers take to the water while helicopters searched from the air. High winds and choppy frigid water did not make the efforts easy, and so far the missing parties have not been found.
“We had guys out searching all night Saturday until about 3 o’clock in the morning,” said Daniel Leblanc of the Hudson Fire Department, “and we resumed Sunday at 7 a.m.” Hudson’s crew was part of the co-ordinated effort, turning up some floating debris that appeared to be from the capsized boat.
Search for recovery continues
Leblanc reports that rescue crews were called off late Sunday, while SQ recovery crews continued to search. Said Leblanc, “I spoke with the SQ this morning (November 18) and they still had boats out on the water, but unfortunately they haven’t turned up anything yet.” If anyone should have information that would help with the search, they are encouraged to contact the Oka division of the Sûreté du Québec at (450) 479-1313.