Four children were found unresponsive after a group of 11 people were swept away by the rising tide near Portneuf-sur-Mer in Eastern Quebec, provincial police said on Saturday, and one man is still missing.
Six people were rescued after police received a call around 2 a.m. on Saturday, said Stéphane Tremblay, a spokesperson for the Sûreté du Québec.
The group was fishing by foot in the St-Lawrence’s Gulf when they were swept away by the tide
Four children between the age of 10 and 18 were found unresponsive, Mr. Tremblay said, and transported to a local health centre. He was unable to say what their status was.
Rescuers were first called to the waters near Portneuf-sur-Mer, about 300 km northeast of Quebec City, at around 2 a.m. The children were discovered a few hours later.
The search for the missing man was ongoing as of about 10:30 a.m., with SQ divers and members of the Armed Forces called in to assist.
Police did not disclose the identities of the victims but said they are known to each other.
More to come.