Search continues for missing kayaker Donald Lavigne
Man's kayak and life-jacket found but no sign of Lavigne
Authorities are continuing to search for a 60-year-old man who was reported missing Wednesday after failing to return from a kayaking trip in Bathurst.
Bathurst police led an extensive search for Donald Lavigne, of Gloucester-Junction, N.B., on Thursday.
Lavigne’s kayak was found about 0.5 kilometres south of the Route 11 overpass.
Police said his life-jacket was found on a rock in the middle of the Nepisiguit River, near Salmon Beach.
The RCMP’s dive team was called in to help with the search on Friday, but they turned up no sign of Lavigne.
“With the moving water, some areas were dangerous for the dive team … with the current there the dive team does not think that the body would have been caught in the rocks or anything like that,” said RCMP Cpl. Daniel Dorais.
Three ground search and rescue teams from Restigouche, Chaleur and Miramichi are continuing the search this weekend with canine units. Police said the search is being expanded into the woods.
“They’ll be searching the river from the point of where the life-jacket was located," said Dorais. "They plan on heading upriver also in case the gentleman decided to go for a walk up in that area.
“Today they’ll be concentrating their search from the Bathurst Bay up to probably around Pabineau Falls area."