Search and rescue stand down after kayak declared stray

Christopher Gooding
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Kayak declared stray

WENTWORTH – A stray kayak caused a small stir after being reported minus a paddler this afternoon.

Cumberland RCMP and Wentworth fire fighters responded to a report of a banked kayak on the Wallace near Highway 4, Wentworth Centre this afternoon, shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Pugwash Ground Search and Rescue members were placed on standby but a preliminary investigation by RCMP determined a search would not be needed.

“RCMP checked with a neighbor who noted the kayak two days ago, so since Monday” Const. Travis Dow said.

Further investigation determined no missing persons reports have been filed in the area or reports of a stolen kayak. There was also no indication of anyone camping near the location of the kayak.  

“We think in the rain it might have lost it’s rope up river, but that’s purely speculation,” Const. Dow said.

The experience, Const. Dow said, is a good example of the services out there to assist the public and shouldn’t dissuade anyone from reporting something they may feel suspicious or out of place.

“We always promote people to call us,” Const. Dow said. “We can attend and investigate to the best of our ability, because sometimes you never know. It could turn serious.”

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Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Wentworth Centre

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