Friday, September 11, 2009

Tragedy at Campobello Island

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Man caught in rising tide dies in hospital

Published Thursday September 10th, 2009
CAMPOBELLO ISLAND - Two American tourists who headed across a sandbar to a lighthouse on an island Tuesday apparently didn't realize how fast the Bay of Fundy tide can come in.
One of the two, an unidentified man, died after being caught by the tide.

Brandon Flynn, who works at a whale-watching and deep-sea fishing operation, said the water can rise from ankle to knee in a matter of seconds.

In addition, the water can turn the path into something like quicksand, making footing difficult.
"I've never been across there, but if you're a tourist, you don't understand the power of the tide here," he said.

The RCMP didn't release the names of the tourists but confirmed they were from the United States. Mounties responded to the emergency call at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A boater pulled a man and a woman from the water after they were overwhelmed on their way back from Head Harbour Lighthouse.