Manitoba

Fisherman, 70, dies after being pulled from river near Norwood Bridge

A 70-year-old man was pulled from the Red River near the Norwood Bridge Sunday morning and taken to hospital in critical condition, emergency officials say.

Water rescue teams called to Red River near bridge before noon

Water rescue crews were called to the Norwood Bridge Sunday morning. (Sara Calnek/CBC)

A 70-year-old man is dead after he was pulled from the Red River near the Norwood Bridge Sunday morning and taken to hospital in critical condition, emergency officials say.

Water rescue crews were called to the area at about 11:10 a.m. after reports of someone potentially in the water.

The call came from someone claiming their friend, who was supposed to meet them at the bridge to go fishing, was missing. The man's friend spotted his fishing equipment nearby. 

"Upon responding, [crews] said they found his hat in the water at the docks underneath the Norwood Bridge," said Frank Leswick, platoon chief with the Winnipeg fire department.

"The crews were able to discover his walker was pulled from the water."

Crews pulled the man from the river. He was transported to hospital in critical condition where he later died, police said.

Police haven't yet determined how he ended up in the river.  Investigators do not believe the incident was criminal in nature.

The man's name will not be released.

An emergency official reaches at a walker that was found in the water where the man was pulled from the river Sunday. (CBC)

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