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Rescue Crews Respond to False Alarm on Assiniboine River

December 21, 2010 2:45 PM | News

Emergency rescue crews rushed to the shores of the Assiniboine River Tuesday afternoon after reports of a person possibly going into the water.


A witness in the area of Assiniboine Avenue and Navy Way reported foot steps in the snow across the river and pieces of discarded clothing near an open portion of water.

Members of the river rescue team responded at about 12:30 p.m. and found the call to be unfounded when the tracks exited the banks.

Platoon Chief Stephen Sumka took the opportunity to remind the public to stay off bodies of water until they are completely frozen over.

Earlier this month, six-year-old Nathaniel Thorassie fell through the ice on the Red River while playing with his older brother. An extensive search effort followed, but his body still hasn’t been located. Winnipeg police announced Tuesday they would resume their search as early as January 2 as diving conditions improve.

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