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By Erica Bajer, The Standard

NRP's dive team is involved in a recovery effort after a man drowned in the waters near Port Dalhousie early Sunday morning.
Julie Jocsak photo.

NRP's dive team is involved in a recovery effort after a man drowned in the waters near Port Dalhousie early Sunday morning. Julie Jocsak photo.

The Niagara Regional Police dive team spent Sunday searching for the body of a 19-year-old man believed drowned in Port Dalhousie.

Police said officers were called to the area of the hydro weir located at Lakeport Rd. shortly after 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

"There are witnesses who say he climbed over the fence," said Const. Derek Watson. "He tripped and fell and hit his head and went into the water."

The St. Catharines man fell into Twelve Mile Creek at the crest of the hydro weir's falls. He did not surface, police said.

"He fell 10 to 15 feet into the water," Watson said.

With the assistance of the St Catharines Fire Department and the Canadian Coast Guard, NRP searched the area and waterway.

Members from the marine unit and the underwater search and recovery unit were deployed and searched but the man hadn't been located by Sunday night, Watson said.

"The issue is the visibility is only about a foot," he said. "The currents are really unpredictable there. They are having a difficult time."

The DeCew power station was switched off to stop the flow of more than 15,000 gallons of water over the falls.

Police said the man's family has been notified, and his name is not being released at their request.

The incident remains under investigation and foul play is not suspected at this time, police said.

Police ask anyone who was in the area at the time or who has information that could help the investigation to call 905-688-4111, ext 4307.

The NRP dive team was called to a second incident Sunday after a man jumped into the Welland River in Chippawa with friends around 6:30 p.m.

Witnesses reported seeing the man, who wasn't a strong swimmer, go under the water's surface.

Police and fire services continued to search the shore and water for the man into Sunday night.

His identity hasn't been released.


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