Ont. man drowns during rescue training exercise

QMI Agency



OWEN SOUND, Ont. -- A man died after becoming trapped under the ice of the Saugeen River in Hanover, Ont., during a rescue training exercise Sunday afternoon, police said in a news release.

Adam Robert Brunt, 30, of Bowmanville, Ont., was treated at Hanover and District Hospital for several hours before being pronounced dead, Insp. Christopher Knoll said in the release.

“The preliminary police investigation has determined that Brunt was submerged and caught under ice in fast flowing water during a training exercise for ice and water rescue certification being conducted by a private training firm from Newmarket,” Knoll stated. “Brunt was determined to be submerged in water and under the ice for approximately 15 minutes prior to being rescued. He was training with 11 other students and one instructor at the time of the accident.”

Town police and firefighters were called to the frigid and fast-flowing Saugeen River at 7th Ave. at about 1 p.m., according to Knoll.

“Members of the Hanover Fire Department and the Hanover Police Service responded and worked to locate and rescue the man for 15 minutes before he was freed and rushed to the Hanover and District Hospital by Grey County Paramedics,” Knoll said.

A post mortem examination was scheduled to take place Monday at London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ont.

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