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UPDATE: Water rescue investigation now a private matter

The investigation remains ongoing
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THUNDER BAY - The investigation into an incident that led to a water rescue at McVicar Creek on Thursday is ongoing.

Police say that the matter is now considered private and no further media updates are expected. has learned unfortunately that the child that was taken to the hospital has died.


THUNDER BAY - The Thunder Bay Police Service continues to hold the scene on Court Street at McVicar Creek following a water rescue involving one adult and one child.

"I can tell you now, it's an outdoor scene. We had an occurrence involving a rescue, a child's been taken to the hospital. We have to process that scene just for appropriateness of any investigation, just like we would for anything else, but just like I said, this is standard operating police procedure," said Thunder Bay Police inspector Ryan Gibson.

At 12:45 p.m. on Thursday, police, fire rescue, and paramedic services were dispatched originally to Algoma Street at McVicar Creek following reports of someone trapped in the waterway, the scene has now moved to Court Street.

"First responders, entered the water, a water rescue was performed, and right now we have one child that's been taken to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and one adult," Gibson said.

The condition of the adult woman and child that were taken to hospital remains unknown at this time.

"We're in the early stages of our investigation at this point, so I can't really provide any further details, but we will be down here for a while yet conducting an investigation," Gibson added.

This is a developing situation. Further media updates will be provided. 


Thunder Bay Fire Rescue responded to a water rescue call at McVicar Creek on the corner of Court Street and McVicor Street under the bridge.

The reports were of a stroller with a child in the river, said fire officials. The stroller was found immediately and fire crews entered the water to locate the victim.

Due to the high volume of water flow, extrication required use of a rope system. Firefighters were able to overcome the turbulent water and retrieve the infant still strapped into the stroller.

The victim was removed from the water and given to an awaiting EMS crew. Fire and EMS provided emergency medical care and the patient was transferred to TBRHSC. 

At this time, the condition of the patient is unknown.

TBFR reminds people to use extreme caution around fast moving water

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