BY NORTHERN SUN NEWS STAFF
OPP reports indicate the body of Tyler Mills, 22, was located on the English River on Sept. 18.
Mills and another male had been duck hunting in a boat the evening of Sept. 11 when both of them lost balance and fell into the water. One of the males was able to make it to shore and took shelter in the bush for the night. He later flagged down a group of anglers then notified the Ear Falls OPP on Sept. 12.
The hunters were at Four Kilometre Creek when the incident happened. They were in a flat-bottom boat – which are typically tippy – in an area with a strong current, says Red Lake Constable Dave Lamme.
“The divers described it as a difficult dive. They said it was really fast-moving water.”
The OPP Underwater Search and Rescue Unit (USRU) joined local OPP officers and the missing male’s family members and friends to assist in the search on Friday Sept. 13, but left Monday Sept. 16.
“The dive team has recommended the best option at this point is helicopter…because of the amount of ground they can cover,” says Lamme. “They run the river system and there are OPP spotters on board looking for anything.”
OPP officers continued the search with an OPP helicopter once the divers left.
The OPP have not released the identity or the condition of Mills’ partner.