UPDATED: False Alarm On The River

Posted on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 10:44 AM

It was a big emergency response on a blustery Saint John day to a report of a kayak in the water in the area of the Royal Kennebecasis Yacht Club.


Saint John deputy fire chief Joe Armstrong says that there's no indication of anyone and it's believed that the boat just got blown out into the water.

CHSJ News is told they received the call around 9am this morning.

"It actually came in from a police officer that was flagged down by somebody in the area that had seen it in the water," says Armstrong.

"It was strong winds and cold and with the ice the way that it is, it's broken up, you're always concerned about the safety of the crews, but the Coast Guard being able to put the rescue swimmer in the water that helped to not put the crews in jeopardy."

The kayak has been brought ashore and when we spoke to him Armstrong says they don't know who the owner of the kayak is at this time.

City fire responded with their water rescue unit and the Coast Guard was also on scene with their Zodiac and helicopter, the military with the Hercules airplane, city police were on scene, and the ambulance was also brought in the event it was needed.