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Damaged kayak found near Forteau; boater missing

A search is underway near Forteau for a missing kayaker from Quebec.
A search is underway near Forteau for a missing kayaker from Quebec. - Google Maps

Labrador RCMP searching for missing kayaker

FORTEAU, N.L. - The search for a missing kayaker from Quebec is underway near Forteau.

RCMP in Forteau said an off-duty officer came across a damaged kayak on Tuesday, Aug. 14 approximately five kilometres west of the south coast Labrador town.

A subsequent investigation determined the boat belonged to 24-year-old Charles Elie Mercier from Ste-Mathilde E., La Malbaie, Que. and that the young man is missing.

Police immediately instigated a search involving Sûreté du Québec, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian Rangers. Those efforts are ongoing.

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