The search for the 18-year-old London man who disappeared in the waters of Port Stanley on Thursday will continue on Sunday.
In a media release sent at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Elgin OPP say they were ending their search for the day. They said emergency crews would return to the beach on Sunday.
Crews closed off some of the beach and pier during the search on Sunday.
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Elgin OPP first responded to the main beach at around 3:50 p.m. Thursday to reports that two swimmers were in distress in the water.
Lifeguards and rescue crews helped a 19-year-old female back to shore safely where she then received medical attention.
The 18-year-old male failed to make it to the beach.
Police say all rescue efforts have now turned into recovery efforts in hopes of finding the teenager’s body.
“The Elgin County OPP have a mobile command unit on scene. Assisting with the recovery are the OPP helicopter and divers from the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit,” said Elgin County OPP Cst. Liz Melvin. “There’s two marine vessels on the water and one fire services marine vessel, and then members from the Central Elgin Fire Rescue stations 1 and 2 are conducting a line search.”
A section of the main beach at Port Stanley has been cordoned off as recovery efforts are underway.
“It went from zero to a hundred real quick where there was just a flood of emergency vehicles, numerous lifeguards, and other beach-goers in the water and on the beach,” says Meghan, who was visiting the beach at the time.
At the time, a red warning flag was posted to warn swimmers of dangerous water conditions.
“At the main intersection where there’s a three-way stop you could hear the water from there,” says Meghan. “It was disturbing to see actually. I immediately told my son I don’t think we are going near the water today.”
Rescue crews frantically searched the beachfront Thursday evening with a human chain ladder but were unsuccessful.
Members of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre Trention, the Elgin OPP Marine Unit, the United States Coast Guard, and Ornge Air Ambulance assisted at the scene.
With files from Rana Aladdin and Marty Thompson