Weather hampers search for missing man

HALIFAX: The recent weather has delayed the RCMP dive team’s efforts to locate a missing man.

On February 5, RCMP attended the location of the search for Patrick MacDonald, as the plan was to have the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team (URT) conduct a search of shoreline the following day. An e-mail from RCMP media relations officer Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said current ice conditions delayed the search, noting police will search the area once conditions improve.

The ground search was suspended last week but RCMP will employ the recovery team once the ice and water conditions improve. The search included help from a Department of Natural Resources helicopter and a Joint Rescue Coordination Centre helicopter, as well as Ground Search and Rescue workers conducting an extensive sweep of the shoreline and surrounding areas around Ballantyne’s Cove.

Patrick MacDonald, 53, was last seen on January 21 at 2:30 p.m. and his truck was located near Ballantyne’s Cove wharf. MacDonald is white, 5-foot-8 and 140 pounds. He has brown eyes, short black hair, and his face is clean-shaven. He was wearing navy blue coveralls, green rubber boots, a black toque, and a hoody.

Anyone with information about MacDonald’s whereabouts is asked to contact Antigonish District RCMP at 902 863-6500. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP202 plus a message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637), or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at: www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.