Quebec junior hockey team owner still missing
|Sagueneens de Chicoutimi junior hockey team co-owner, Gervais Munger, went missing in a boating accident on Saturday.
SAGUENAY, Que. – The popular owner of a Quebec junior hockey team who went missing in a boating accident Saturday hasn’t been found despite two days of intense search efforts.
Quebec provincial police divers scoured the waters of Lac-St-Jean on Sunday for any signs of Gervais Munger, the co-owner of the Sagueneens de Chicoutimi junior hockey team.
Munger, 52, disappeared Saturday in the massive lake some 230 kilometres north of Quebec City.
He was on board a boat with three other men when a mechanical problem caused the vessel to spin in violent circles, tossing them into the waves.
None of the passengers were wearing life-jackets.
Two of them were able to swim to shore, which was about a kilometre away. But no one was able to locate Munger.
“It’s tragic, for the three survivors, for the families,” said Karina Beaulieu, one of the first people at the scene of the accident.
“We’d just set up camp and decided to go for a walk. We’d returned to our campsite when we saw the dinghy spinning in the water. At first we thought it was just people fooling around.”
But when Beaulieu and her husband heard cries for help, she knew it was serious.
“We had to intervene,” she said. “We didn’t think, we just went.”
Her husband grabbed a boat while she jumped into the water. They managed to help some of the survivors to shore.
But winds pushed the boat, still spinning, away from witnesses. No one was able to find Munger.
Team managers and staff expressed their shock in a statement as the search stretched into a second day.
"Mr. Munger is a partner, a friend, a brother, " it said.