Friday, March 31, 2023

Eight dead, one missing in suspected smuggling attempt in Akwesasne

 Akwesasne, 31 March 2023 (updated at 6 pm) - Eight people including two children were found dead in waters off St. Regis Island and elsewhere in Akwesasne yesterday - Police believe they were from two families, one Romanian and one Indian, that were trying to enter the United States from Cornwall, Ontario. The operator of the boat that matched the description of one found capsized near the first six bodies to be found near St. Regis Island is being searched for by local police agencies and fire and rescue departments. Two more bodies, one of a woman believed to be an Indian national, and one infant, a Canadian citizen of Romanian descent, were found today (Friday).

Montreal Gazette

Indian Time, Akwesasne Newspaper

Akwesasne Police press release

  Sûreté du Québec Helicopter searches water near St. Regis Island

RCMP boat searches St. Lawrence

 Hogansburg Awkwesasne Volunteer Fire Department Airboat searches near Stanley Island

Canadian Armed Forces helicopter searches area, April 2, 2023

CBC media van at place by river where boat with the eight victims probably left Canada for the USA, April 1, 2023. near Gray's Creek Marina, Cornwall 

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