Underwater search continues with sonar device

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The search for a vehicle that plunged from the deck of the Englishtown ferry Torquil MacLean Monday evening continues today in St. Anns Bay. The use of sonar equipment is aiding the search effort co-ordinated by an RCMP underwater recovery team.

ENGLISHTOWN — Victoria County RCMP continuing its underwater search for a vehicle that plunged into St. Anns Bay Monday evening released a couple of small details involving the vehicle.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Craig Yorke told reporters at the scene Wednesday afternoon it's believed it was a small, silver car that drove up and over a raised ferry ramp into the icy water below.

However, so far, no one has come forward to report a missing person or persons to police, he said.

The RCMP underwater recovery team searched the area for several hours Monday but nothing was found. The recovery team is being aided by two divers from the Cape Breton Regional Police.

Today’s search started with the use of a side scan sonar which emits conical or fan shaped pulses down toward the sea floor and across a wide angle perpendicular to the path of the sensor. The device can be towed from a surface vessel.

The sonar is a system that is used to efficiently create an image of large areas of the sea floor.

The identity of the driver and whether there were other occupants in the vehicle at the time remain unknown.

The vehicle boarded the ferry on the Jersey Cove side of the bay before driving off the raised ramp on the other side of the ferry into the water at approximately 8:45 p.m. Monday.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Anns Bay, Jersey Cove

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