Willow Fiddler and Brittany Hobson
APTN National News
Thunder Bay police pulled an unconscious man Wednesday evening from one of the waterways that cut through the city that is known to some as the “river of tears.”
An emergency response official said a report came in about an individual in the McIntyre River at about 8:18 p.m.
Thunder Bay police officers arrived first, jumped in and pulled a man, still alive, from the water, said Thunder Bay police in a statement. The officers were the first to administer first aid and CPR to the man.
Paramedics conducted CPR on the man because his “heartbeat was fading.”
The man was rushed to hospital.
A Thunder Bay police forensics van was also initially on the scene and then moved across the river bank from where the man was pulled out of the water. As of 10:30 p.m. the forensics van was still there.
Police have not yet commented on the situation.
Thunder Bay police pulled the body of Dylan Joe Francis Moonias, 21, upstream on the McIntyre this past Saturday afternoon.
Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Branch are still trying to determine what led to Moonias’ death. Police issued a public request for information on his movements between last Thursday evening, Sept. 21, and Saturday morning, Sept. 23.
In an obituary published Tuesday Moonias was described as, “adventurous with a great sense of humour and a kind-hearted soul.” It also said Moonias was passionate about art, and loved drawing, writing and photography.
Moonias’ body was sent to Toronto for an autopsy which was completed on Monday.
The coroner’s office would comment on autopsy findings saying it’s part of an on-going investigation.
The McIntyre has been called by some as the “river of tears.”
This past May, Josiah Begg, 14, was pulled from the water downstream on the McIntyre from where Moonias was found and where the man was pulled from the water on Wednesday evening. Begg’s death is still under investigation. That same month the body of Tammy Keeash, 17, was found in marshland connected to the McIntyre.
Clayton Mawakeesic, 38, was found dead in the McIntyre on July 29, 2016. Thunder Bay police conclude it was a homicide and charged Lawrence Beardy, 34, with manslaughter.
The McIntyre is also where Stacy DeBungee was found on Oct. 19, 2015. His death was immediately ruled an accidental drowning by police. Questions still remain about the circumstances that lead to his drowning.
The river is also where Kyle Morriseau, 17, was found on Nov. 10, 2009, Reggie Bushie on Nov. 1, 2007, and where Curran Strang, 15, was found on Sept. 22, 2005. The deaths of Strang, Morriseau and Bushie were three of seven youth deaths examined by a coroner’s inquest jury.
More to come