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Friday, February 5, 2016

No Labour Charges in Hanover Death

Hanover | by Claire McCormack  

Ministry says charges not in its jurisdiction after drowning death during training.

The Ministry of Labour says it is not pressing charges in the death of a man in Hanover.

30 year old Adam Brunt of Bowmanville died during a fast water rescue training course last February.

Spokesperson William Lin says a ministry investigation has concluded it doesn't have jurisdiction to press charges.

Lin says that's because Brunt died during a training session, and was not considered a worker.

Brunt became trapped under ice during a firefighting exercise in the Saugeen River during on February 8th of 2015, and died as a result.

The ice and water rescue certification was being conducted by a private firm, Herschel Rescue Training Systems.

Hanover Police ruled last September there were "no reasonable grounds" to lay criminal charges in Brunt's death.

Brunt's family has called for an inquest into the deaths.

The Coroner's office would be the agency to conduct an inquest, and to date, no intention of conducting one has been announced.

In 2010, 51-year old volunteer firefighter Gary Kendall, was pulled under the ice  during a January training exercise near Sarnia and later died in hospital.





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