Three Labrador youth swept over Muskrat Falls, witness tells RCMP

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People are searching the area of Muskrat Falls this afternoon after three young men were swept into the falls last night  Photo by Troy Turner/Transcontinental Media

Emergency workers in Labrador are scouring the Churchill River after three young men were pulled over a large waterfall Tuesday evening.

A witness on the shore told police that the three men, aged 18- and 19-years-old abandoned their boat before it went over Muskrat Falls.

"It appears they may have jumped from the boat before the boat got to the falls itself," said Sgt. Guy Caines, of the RCMP in Labrador. "The witness is advising that they abandoned the boat before it got to the falls there, and three males were swept over the falls."

None of the three were wearing life jackets.

Police deployed ground search and rescue and a helicopter, but they were not able to find any of the three men or their boat.

Caines said Muskrat Falls is especially dangerous this time of year because the water levels are high and the current is very fast.

"The falls itself is actually two falls, and they're approximately a couple of hundred metres apart," Caines said. "They're approximately 10 or 15 metres in height, but it's the amount of water itself that's coming over there that makes this dangerous - very dangerous."

Caines said the police are not releasing the identity of either of the youths, but he said they were from Labrador.

The search continues today.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Labrador, Muskrat Falls, Churchill River

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