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 Local resident succumbs to injuries

 

October 19, 2013

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Flags were flying at half-mast for Chester Ritchie of Saugeen Ojibway Nation (SON) who succumbed to his injuries received in a recent explosion aboard his tug, the Andarlin.

Saugeen Ojibway Nation flag was at half-mast

The explosion occurred in Southampton Harbour while Ritchie was apparently doing mechanical maintenance inside the tug.

Ritchie had been transported to the Burn Unit of Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto where he remained until last night (Friday, Oct. 18/13) when he died.

The Fire Marshall's Office (FMO) is continuing an investigation but, according to Saugeen Shores Fire Chief, Phil Eagleson, there is no foul play or criminology suspected.

According to  Eagleson, it appears to be  "... an uncommon occurrence.  It was one of those things where everything that could go wrong at the same time, did.  It is still under investigation."

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Propeller Club flies at half-mast in respect

Doug Johnson of the Propeller Club in Southampton ensured that the flag at Southampton Harbour was at half-mast. The flag flies at Chantry Island during the summer and was given by St. Paul's Anglican Church in Southampton.  "It's a special flag and thought it appropriate for Chester. I knew hime and we even shared the odd beer over the many years", said Johnson, "he was a great guy to talk to." 


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