No foul play suspected in woman’s death near elevators

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A 38-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the site of a submerged vehicle just north of the grain elevators in Owen Sound on Thursday.

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Owen Sound Police Service said in a news release that foul play is not suspected in her death. A vehicle was recovered from the bay.

City police, fire department, and paramedics attended the scene and helped the OPP’s underwater search and rescue team recover the vehicle. The name of the deceased was not released.

Police said that early on Thursday morning police responded to the west harbour wall regarding a vehicle that had entered the water. By 2:30 p.m. all emergency responders had left the area.

Earlier in the day, police had cordoned the end of the wharf, which extends into the harbour north of the grain elevators, accessed by a gravel road. The area is popular with people who fish off the wall.

There were unrelated search-and-rescue exercises in the bay Thursday afternoon, the culmination of  three days of Canadian Coast Guard-led training, which also was to have involved the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation Fire Department, Saugeen Fisheries Department, Owen Sound Fire & Emergency Services and the OPP.

A Hercules aircraft couldn’t attend but the exercises proceeded, though they were moved farther out into the bay to be respectful of the death in the harbour, Owen Sound Fire Chief Phil Eagleson said.

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