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Yarmouth RCMP searching for missing man and investigating a fire on remote island
Yarmouth Rural RCMP is searching for a missing man and investigating a fire that occurred overnight on a remote island near Little River Harbour.
At approximately 1:50 a.m. this morning, police received a call for help from a remote island called Broomstick Island near Little River Harbour. Police responded and learned that two men had gone to a camp overnight and that the camp had caught fire. One man managed to escape the camp but the second man was unaccounted for. While police were responding to the island, it was learned that the fire had burned itself out.
Police requested assistance from the Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre (JRCC) in an effort to rescue the man that escaped the fire and begin a search of the island for the second man. The JRCC dispatched a CH-149 Cormorant helicopter and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Clarkes Harbour to assist with the rescue/search operation. Police boarded the CCGS Clarkes Harbour and were transported to the island where they began searching for the second man. The CH-149 Cormorant landed on the island and rescued the first man who was subsequently transported to local hospital for assessment.
The search for the second man is ongoing and is being conducted by Yarmouth Rural RCMP members with assistance from the RCMP Forensic Identification Services and the Nova Scotia Fire Marshal’s Office.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
Further information will be provided as it becomes available.
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Cumberland County District RCMP investigating arsons
Cumberland County District RCMP is investigating two arsons, that are believed to be related, that occurred in Pugwash on September 2.
At approximately 1:40 a.m., police were dispatched to a garage fire on Pugwash River Rd. in Pugwash. Police had been called to the same property two weeks earlier for a structure fire involving the home on the property. On arrival, police found evidence suggesting that the fire had been intentionally set.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., police were dispatched to a complaint of a boat on fire on Brickyard Rd. in Pugwash. Through investigation, police determined that the boat and garage fire were related.
Both fires were put out by the local fire department. The garage and boat both suffered significant damage.
Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to contact the Cumberland County District RCMP at 902-243-2181. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submit a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca, or use the P3 Tips App.