Drama in a canoe in the park of Mont-Tremblant

Drame en canot dans le parc du Mont-Tremblant

A hike in the canoe ended tragically for the father of a family in the park of Mont-Tremblant on Monday.

“For me it is as if he was still here, but I know that he is no longer there,” says the mother of Cornelius Solom Edwards, who lost his life on lake Superior in the park of Mont-Tremblant Monday evening.

The 47-year-old had gone canoeing on the Diable river where, for a reason unknown, he found himself under the water. The children who accompanied him were called for help. The man was pulled out of the waves, but the long-maneuvers of resuscitation failed to bring him back to life.

The drama had played on the Devil’s River in the park of Mont-Tremblant, near the camping La Sablonnière.

“He was not wearing a LIFEJACKET and could not swim,” says the information officer of the Sûreté du Québec, Eloise Cossette. “However, the sector of the river was not hollow, it speaks about four feet of water,” she says, adding that it does not preclude the thesis of the discomfort. An autopsy will be performed.

The father of three children

Mr. Edwards was the father of three children aged 24, 19 and 11 years old. His mother, who did not wish to be named, described him as a family man who was “very close” to his brothers.

The forty-something woman who has emigrated from Jamaica in the 90’s worked as a maintenance man in apartment complexes.

“All I have left of him, these are the plants that you see [in front of block] “, has launched his mother, visibly upset by the events. Mr. Edwards was also the landscaping.

These flowers planted in front of the apartment building in which lived Mr. Edwards are the last memory that remains of him.

This last adds, that his son was fond of outdoor activities. “He was always gone here and there,” recalls his mother.

For his part, Simon Boivin, head of media relations of the SÉPAQ, offer its most sincere condolences to the family.

“The employees of the park do not recall to have been a witness to an incident of the kind in the past 15 years,” says Mr. Boivin.

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