Body of missing swimmer found on St. Lawrence riverbank
MONTREAL -- The identity of a freediving enthusiast who was reported missing in St. Lawrence River on Friday and whose body was found on Sunday has been revealed as 53-year-old Rene Gagnon.
Gagnon's body was found at 8:30 a.m. by officers aboard a Surete du Quebec helicopter.
Gagnon, a Gaspe resident who regularly snorkeled in the river, was last seen while jumping into the water behind his residence in the L'Anse-a-Valleau sector at 4:30 on Friday.
His disappearance was reported at around 7 p.m. that night.
His body washed ashore in the Riviere-au-Renard sector, about 20 kilometres east of his home.
Gagnon's disappearance led to a search by the SQ and the Canadian Coast Guard along the riverbanks and on the water itself.