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River Sadness

Families on both sides of the border express their sincere sadness upon hearing about a freak accident that took the life of an 11-year-old boy off the small village of Rockport, ON, Saturday afternoon September 1.  According to those on shore, the boat, a 30-foot catamaran power boat, caught a wave, went up in the air and capsized.  All passengers were rescued except for an 11-year-old boy. Candle of hope Medcalf 2

Immediately after the accident, the first responders began their search including the OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit, the Fire Department,  Coast Guard and both Canadian and US Border Services. In addition, assets and personnel from Trenton CFB (Canadian Forces Base) participated too, beginning with immediate and numerous C-130 overflights.  Then dozens of boaters and dive clubs from around the River came to help with the search, which will continue indefinitely.

The Ontario Provincial Police East Twitter account recently announced that while the Leeds County OPP continues to lead the search for a missing 11-Year-old boy along the St. Lawrence River, near Rockport, the boy’s family has issued this statement:


A central dedicated Facebook page has been created to assist with the search.  It will allow those searching to coordinate areas already searched and provide up-to-date information:  See

I would personally like to thank all those who kept information posted on Facebook (1000 Island River Rats Now and Then) and for those who participated in the search. Losing a family member to our River leaves a mark forever. I remind everyone to be aware and to be careful.

Susan W. Smith, Editor,

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