(Montreal) The death of firefighter Pierre Lacroix, in Montreal on October 17, will be the subject of a public inquiry. It was ordered Thursday by the Chief Coroner of Quebec, Pascale Descary.
Firefighter Lacroix, married and father of two children, died during a water rescue near the Lachine Rapids. With three colleagues, he had come to the aid of two boaters in distress.
The fireboat had capsized and Mr. Lacroix got stuck under the boat and drowned.
Coroner Me Géhane Kamel has been appointed to preside over the inquest. She will be assisted by Me Dave Kimpton, Public Inquiry Attorney.
The public inquiry aims to shed light on the probable causes and circumstances of Mr. Lacroix’s death.
Recommendations may also be made following the investigation, in order to avoid other deaths in similar circumstances.
Testimonies will be collected on the mission of the nautical rescue and prevention teams, their intervention techniques and their methods of communication.