Fisherman reported missing near Grand River in Brantford

Fisherman reported missing near Grand River in Brantford
Fisherman missing after falling into Grand River: police
Rescue teams have called off their search for a man who was seen struggling in the Grand River Sunday.

A passerby saw a man in the water around noon near Erie Avenue in Brantford, but he lost sight of the man as he tried to get closer.

They clearly saw an individual that was fishing and had some distress and went under the water, said OPP Insp. Scott Williams. [He] bobbed for a little while and then was taken away by the current.

The man is described as white, in his 50s, with grey hair and was last seen wearing a red lumber-style jacket and a toque.

Police, including the OPP underwater search and recovery unit, have been at the scene searching for the man into Monday.

Brantford Police, Brantford Fire, Brant County OPP and the OPPs Underwater Search and Recovery Unit were in the river all day Monday, using a drone and sonar equipment to help with the search. A helicopter was also employed.

They called off the operation at 4:45 p.m., saying they will resume the search at daybreak on Monday.

Brantford police have not received a missing persons report involving a man matching that description.

On Tuesday, police called off the search as of 4:09 p.m., saying, "The investigation remains open and will be re-evaluated on an ongoing basis."

Emergency officials are still searching for a fisherman who, police say, fell into the Grand River in Brantford and was seen sinking under the surface.

Police were called around noon Sunday after witnesses saw a man who was fishing near Erie Avenue fall into the water and become submerged.

Members of the Brantford Fire Department, police and an OPP underwater search and recovery unit searched the river Sunday but did not find any sign of the man. The search is continuing today.

The missing person is described as a white man, about 50 years of age, with grey hair. Police say the man was wearing a toque and "lumber" style jacket when he fell into the water.

Brantford police Insp. Scott Williams said the service hasn't received any missing persons report matching the man's description.

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