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Police Continue Search for Man Who Fell From Canadian Dinner Ship

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | June 15, 2015

Police Continue Search for Man Who Fell From Canadian Dinner Ship

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Toronto Police are searching for a man who fell from a Mariposa cruise ship into Lake Ontario over the weekend.

According to Jenny Yuen of the Toronto Sun, the unidentified man fell from the Northern Spirit around 7:30 p.m. local time on Saturday, roughly two miles south of the Humber River.

Emergency crews in the water and in the air searched the area up until midnight on Saturday and resumed their efforts on Sunday.

"The water is 9C (48F) and he's been out there since 7:30 p.m. (Saturday), but we're not going to presume anything because he might be hanging on to something or he might wash up somewhere unconscious," said Const. John Liggio via the Sun.

Liggio would only add that there were people with the man when he fell from the ship and that alcohol was being served to passengers aboard the vessel. He wouldn't comment as to whether the missing man had been drinking. 

Mariposa Cruises president Jim Nicholson told reporters that the ship's crew members responded appropriately and followed the proper protocol, adding that they participate in annual emergency training and safety drills as often as every two weeks.

However Nicholson said that the ship's life boat was raised from the water shortly after being lowered when multiple police boats arrived to the scene. "...they didn't have time to get in before the police arrived," said Nicholson via the Sun. "Our boat was smaller than (the police boats) and so we took the boat back up and part of protocol is we wanted to turn our boat around to where the accident happened. As you know a big boat doesn’t stop on a dime."

"In 28 years being in business, we've never had an incident like this," he added. "We pride our safety and protocol as first and foremost and we’ve never had this happen."

The 134-foot-long Northern Spirit boasts a maximum capacity of 550 guests, but was carrying 427 when the incident occurred. The ship remained docked on Sunday, per CTV Toronto reporter Heather Wright: 

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