An officer from the Hawkesbury OPP detachment helps conduct traffic during a parade. (Photo: Tara Kirkpatrick)

Man seen paddling small boat missing on river

On Thursday, at about 4:20 p.m., police were in the area of Parker Island, near Rockland, searching for a man who was last seen adrift on a boat on the Ottawa River.

They say an unidentified man was seen taking an aluminum boat from the shoreline after getting off the ferry in Rockland, and as it began to drift away, he was seen paddling the boat along the shoreline.

Police later found the boat, which they say was stolen, on Parker Island, with a bicycle and bag inside. Officers as well as police dogs searched the island and the surrounding area but could not find the man. On Thursday, police said a search of the river from the air was underway.

The man is described as wearing a camouflage jacket, and as having shoulder-length brown hair.