2019-07-10

Breaking: Missing Keji canoeist located

by Charles Mandel

RCMP confirmed that Bradley Hall, the 46-year-old man who was reported missing near Kejimkujik National Park in Annapolis County on July 1 has been located and is safe.

Nova Scotia RCMP spokesperson, Jennifer Clark, told LighthouseNOW that when they found Hall he was "in good shape," and that they were happy to have found him.

Just an hour before police announced they'd located Hall, Clarke, told LighthouseNOW that the focus was on finding Hall and "hopefully we'll have some good news to report later today."

"The RCMP would like to thank the public for their assistance and retweets on social media. We would like to thank the volunteers as well," police said in a media release.

Hall and his daughter were overdue from a three-day canoeing and camping trip, leaving from Milford House June 28, planning to paddle the Mersey River, aiming to arrive at Jake's Landing in Kejimkujik National Park June 30.

The girls was found uninjured, shortly after 1:30 p.m. July 1.

The search took place outside of the boundary of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site. Soon after the search began, the canoe was located, abandoned along the route. Searchers also have located two campsites which indicated the pair headed inland once they left the canoe.

The search began on Canada Day after Annapolis District RCMP responded to a call that two people, Hall and a nine-year-old girl were overdue from a three-day canoeing and camping trip. The pair were well-prepared for the trip and had sufficient camping equipment and provisions with them, according to a RCMP release.

They left Milford House on June 28 and planned to paddle the Mersey River, aiming to arrive at Jake's Landing in Kejimkujik National Park on June 30. Once the search began, the canoe was located, abandoned along the route. Searchers also located two campsites which indicated the pair headed inland once they left the canoe.

A command post for the search had been set up inside Kejimkujik National Park. The search is being led by the RCMP and is being assisted by Parks Canada, and Ground Search and Rescue personnel. The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre is no longer involved in the search, an individual at the centre told LighthouseNOW.

Clarke didn't know the number of people looking for Hall, but described it as a large contingent, noting that search and rescue people had arrived the morning of July 3 from a "quite a wide area."

Hall is described as an Indigenous man, with grey medium length hair, brown eyes, and was wearing a brown long sleeve shirt, tan pants, and brown shoes.

The pair were in a red, 15-foot long canoe which had "Mad River Canoe" on the side. They had a large tent which was blue, teal, and beige. The RCMP is requesting that anyone that has any information that could help with the investigation to please call the RCMP immediately.

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