The Sûreté du Québec.
A body recovered from the Jacques-Cartier River in Pont-Rouge outside of Quebec City Friday morning has been identified as the 23-year-old man who went missing in the area last Saturday.The young man, Patrick Martin from Quebec, jumped into the river to swim around 1 p.m. and did not return to the surface in an area of the Promenade Jacques-Cartier known as “des Galets,” where he was with friends. Swimming is prohibited in the area.According to the SQ, two volunteers who were helping with the search located the body, which was recovered by helicopter as the area was hard to access.Though the victim’s family accused the police of failing to conduct the search properly, a spokesperson for the SQ says it did everything in its power.“We understand their distress, their situation. People are emotional, it’s understandable. We would want the search to go faster as well and we understand them,” said SQ spokesperson Marie-Pier Lorrain. “It’s a sad event and we understand them wanting to find their loved one as soon as possible. That’s completely understandable.”Lorrain said the team was on the ground from morning to night since the man went missing. A helicopter regularly scoured the area and they had divers searching the waters, as well.