Saint-Anne-des-Monts – After more than 24 hours of searching, the body of the man who disappeared Sunday evening in the tumultuous waters of the Sainte-Anne river in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts was found.
Hélène Nepton of the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) confirmed that the 37-year-old Mike Gagnon’s body was located around 4 pm by the helicopter service of the Sûreté du Québec about 500 meters from the place where the car was carried away by the current of the river. His corpse was taken to the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts hospital for formal identification. As for the body of the 2-year-old girl, the SQ still refused to confirm Monday night if it had also been found.
Several people met near the place where the drama was played breathed a sigh of relief. “Families can at least mourn,” said one man. “They may have funerals,” said a lady. They deserve it so much. The little one is an angel! ”
The tragedy occurred on Sunday at 6 pm, in the area of Saint-Joseph-des-Monts in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts. The couple formed by Mike Gagnon and Kim Laflamme, accompanied by Kim Laflamme’s daughter, wanted to go and help friends who had been stuck with all-terrain vehicles because of the flooding of the waters of the Sainte- -Anne. Then, their sport utility vehicle remained stuck in the water.
“They got out of the vehicle and they took refuge on the roof of the vehicle,” says the SQ information officer. At one point, the vehicle tumbled into the river and everyone got into the water. The lady managed to cling to branches and get out of the river. Her husband and her 2-year-old child went out into the stream. “The man was not the girl’s father.
A sad mayor
The Mayor of the town center of the Haute-Gaspésie region is saddened by the drama that befalls his municipality. “Everywhere in Quebec, the floods,” recalled Simon Deschênes. Everybody talks about it, the media are almost there 24 on 24. But we, what happened to the extra, is that this accident has made two missing. It’s sad.”
“He was a good guy,” said a friend of the couple, Chantal Pelletier. Mike, it was a whim. He was not afraid of anything. He was a bit rebellious. It was his heart that made him do that! ”
The resident of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is not surprised to learn that Mike Gagnon wanted to go help some friends badly taken. “Going out of the world in the middle of the night, waking up, dressing in a storm where no one would go out, he was going,” continues the lady, who is the godmother of her eldest son. He went out with his chains. For him, it did not matter. He had his faults, but he had very good qualities. ”
Mike Gagnon was a shrimp fisherman. “Usually, he was at sea on that date,” said Chantal Pelletier. But he was waiting for the outcome to happen because of the shrimp price dispute. It tired him terribly. ”
The thirties were father of two boys: Mathys, 4 years and Jacob, 1 year. “He was a very good father,” says Pelletier. He was newly in a couple with the lady who survived the tragedy. According to the SQ, Kim Laflamme did not suffer physical injuries. She was discharged from the Sainte-Anne-des-Monts hospital on the evening of the accident.
According to the mother of a good friend of Mrs. Laflamme, she would have liked to turn back, considering that it was far too dangerous to venture on the flooded road. “Her little guy did not want to go,” says Ghislaine Fournier. He stayed with his grandmother. I do not know, but maybe he smelled that? He lost his little sister and almost lost his mother. It’s sad.”
Community in shock
Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is a tightly woven community. The tragedy caused a shock wave in the municipality of about 7000 inhabitants. “It’s upsetting, drops an acquaintance of the couple, Mélanie Miville. It touches all of us, especially since Mike has children. ”
Moreover, during the search of the police, hundreds of Annemont, several of them equipped with glasses of approach, were massed along the banks of the river, in case they perceived something. “I found a bag with baby items and a cell phone on the edge of the river,” a woman said to the Sun, making a crane near the scene. It may not be a link, but I handed it over to the police. ”
Very high river level
All the people of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts met by Le Soleil did not remember having seen the level of the Sainte-Anne River so high. “There is a hydrometric station in the river that reads the flow of water,” explains the mayor of the place, Simon Deschênes. Yesterday [Sunday], it was observed that it rose to more than 475 cubic meters per second. In the last seven to eight years, it was oscillating around 300 cubic meters per second. ”
Minister Sébastien Proulx at the scene
The Minister responsible for the Gaspé Peninsula, Sébastien Proulx, arrived in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the evening. He was accompanied by the deputy of Gaspé, Gaétan Lelièvre, the prefect of Haute-Gaspésie, Allen Cormier and the mayor of the place, Simon Deschênes.
“We wanted to see for ourselves the situation on the road, as far as we could go,” said Minister Proulx. I want to welcome all the work of the speakers in the region. It’s a terrible, terrible drama that happened here on the weekend. Our thoughts go to the families of the victims and to all the people who are affected by this tragedy. I am extremely touched by this situation. ”