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Missing canoeist located in Quetico Provincial Park

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The Rainy River District Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a missing person complaint in Quetico Provincial Park. Shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019 officers responded to the complaint of a missing canoeist on the interior of Quetico Provincial Park.

The missing male failed to meet at a schedule rendezvous point and was two days overdue when the complainant reported him missing.

A joint investigation was conducted with members of the Northwest Region (NWR) Emergency Response Team (ERT), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), and Ontario Parks. OPP aviation services was also engaged and a search for the male was conducted.

The male met up with his canoeing partner at the planned rendezvous on Sunday at approximately 10:30 am.

He was in good health and had a plan to return to his vehicle at Nym Lake today.

OPP and Ontario Parks resources cleared following confirmation he was in good health.

In other police news, shortly after 11 a.m. on Friday, members of the Rainy River District Detachment of the OPP conducted a traffic stop for a violation of the Highway Traffic Act.

An investigation was conducted at the scene including a Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST). After the driver performed poorly, he was transported to the Atikokan Detachment for an evaluation by a trained Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

As a result of this investigation, a 30-year-old Atikokan man has been charged criminally with Operate Conveyance while ability impaired by drug or alcohol.

He will appear in Atikokan Provincial Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 10 a.m. to answer to this charges.

The vehicle being driven was impounded for seven days.

The OPP is committed to safety for all who utilize Ontario's roadways.

Members of the public are urged to report Impaired Driving by calling 911 in emergency situations. Complaints of impaired, aggressive or careless driving can also be made by calling 1-888-310-1122.

Consuming drugs, whether they are prescription or non-prescription can lead to charges that have the same consequences at the roadside and in court as consuming alcohol.

For more information on the consequences of drinking and driving, check out: www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/impaired-driving.shtml

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