Search for Glace Bay teen continues in Ingonish

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INGONISH — The search resumed at 12:30 p.m. today in Ingonish Harbour for a Glace Bay teen presumed drowned after a boating accident Saturday.

"The Department of Fisheries and Oceans have a boat here assisting us and we have a side-scan sonar, which will be towed behind that boat," said RCMP Const. Brad Anderson.

"When we find something with the sonar, then our divers will go down to see what it is."

RCMP received a call of an overturned boat at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Five people ages 14-18 were in a small rowboat when it took on water and overturned about a kilometre from shore. Four of the teens made it to shore. The fifth youth — identified as Gregory Hibbs of Glace Bay — was last seen by his friends in the water.

As well as Anderson, there are four members of the dive team at the scene and two DFO officers.

"The surface search and the shore search were unsuccessful Sunday, so now it's presumed he has drowned and it's up to the divers," Anderson said.

He said one of the other teens who made it to shore indicated where the accident occurred.

"They will start near the point of departure with the boat and they'll head towards that location where the youth believed they capsized," Anderson said.

"They will search the same line of travel the youth are believed to have gone with their boat."

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