Runner cooling off in North River water sparks rescue effort

A report of a man wading into the water in his underwear at the North River Causeway in Charlottetown turned out to be an overheated runner.

P.E.I. marathoner says he goes for a swim to cool down after long runs

Police and other emergency services responded to a report of a man in his underwear wading in the water at the North River Causeway in Charlottetown on Wednesday. (RCMP)

A report of a man wading into the water in his underwear at the North River Causeway west of Charlottetown turned out to be an overheated runner.

The RCMP, Charlottetown City Police, EMS, Coast Guard and the North River Fire Department were dispatched and deployed boats to search for the man just before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Within the hour, he was located by the original concerned bystander in the parking lot at Boom Burger. He told police he was a marathon runner who cools off by swimming after a long run.

"The male was spoken to regarding safety concerns and being aware of public perception with this kind of activity," a police news release said.