Police investigate death after dinghy caught in current in Northumberland Strait

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MARSHVILLE, N.S. – A 66-year-old woman died Friday evening after her dinghy was caught in a current in the Northumberland Strait.

Pictou County RCMP are investigating the death, which occurred at approximately 8 p.m.

RCMP had received a call to assist the woman, who was in distress while using a one-person inflatable dinghy.

The dinghy had been caught in the current of the changing tide and was being taken out into the Northumberland Strait.  

With assistance from Emergency Health Services, River John Fire Department and the Canadian Coast Guard, rescue boats located the dinghy a short time later. 

The woman, a Moncton resident, was found in the dinghy with no vital signs and was later pronounced dead at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.

RCMP are withholding the woman’s name, pending the notification of next of kin.  

The Nova Scotia Medical Examiner's office is also assisting in the investigation.

Organizations: RCMP, Health Services, Canadian Coast Guard Aberdeen Hospital Nova Scotia Medical Examiner

Geographic location: MARSHVILLE, Moncton, New Glasgow

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