Search for the body of Winnipeg boy Nathaniel Thorassie to start in early New Year

The Winnipeg Police Service Underwater Search and Recovery Unit suspended the search for Nathaniel Thorassie on December 7th. At that time diving conditions were extremely dangerous due to thin transitional ice. Despite these challenges the Unit was able to spend 8 hours in the river over two days covering the highest probability areas. Diving was halted for the safety of the searchers and was to be re-evaluated at a later date.

Volunteer members of the Canadian Amphibious Search Team (C.A.S.T.) and Manitoba Search and Rescue conducted two days of diving on December 11th and 12th and met with negative results.

The Winnipeg Police Service Underwater Search and Recovery Unit have re-evaluated diving conditions, which are continuing to improve. The Unit plans to resume diving operations early in the New Year, possibly as early as January 2nd. The Canadian Amphibious Search Team will also be conducting dive operations under the direction of the Winnipeg Police Service Dive Unit.

The dive operation will continue for as long as conditions permit. We are committed to this action to help Nathaniel’s family find closure in this tragedy police said.

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