Two lost fishermen near Kanesatake

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The search operation continues in the Lake of Two Mountains near Kanesatake and St. Placide, in an attempt to find the two fishermen who went missing on Saturday night.

Last weekend, on November 14, Dylan Auger and Antoine Paquin, both 22 from Mascouche, were reported missing around 9 p.m. after they never made it home back from their fishing trips.

Their boat was found Sunday morning, empty and submerged by the waterfront near Kanesatake First Nations Paramedics (FNP). Other personal belongings were also found, along with their fishing equipment floating around.

“It’s a very sad situation and Kanesatake is highly supportive,” said FNP director Robert Bonspiel.

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) warned Kanehsata’kehró:non that the Surete du Quebec (SQ) would be walking along the shores to find indicators or any lead regarding the accident. The provincial police were joined in the search by divers, helicopters and the Canadian Coast Guard who flew over the area.

The SQ confirmed yesterday (Thursday, November 20), that there was still no sign of the two men.

Sadly, the community is no stranger to the effect of losing somebody to the lake, mentioned Bonspiel, as unfortunately many accidents similar to this one occur frequently.

Kanesatake grand chief Serge Otsi Simon said that he also witnessed too many members never returning home from a trip on the lake.

“The currents are funny around here, sometimes you get in that water and you are not coming out,” said Simon. “Any loss of life is terrible.”

Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door