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No criminal charges laid in training death

Sept. 17, Hanover, Ont. - Hanover Police say there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges in the case of a student who died during a training exercise in February.

Police say they have concluded their investigation into the death of 30-year-old Adam Brunt.

Brunt died after being trapped under ice in fast flowing water in the Saugeen River during a firefighter training exercise with other people.

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

The Hanover Police Service has concluded no criminal offence occurred.

Police received assistance from the Ministry of Labour and the Fire Marshal's office.

A 51-year-old man died during a similar training exercise near Sarnia in 2010.

Brunt's family has called for an inquest into the deaths, to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Police say any decision related to an inquest will come from the coroner's office.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities announced last winter that it will look at regulating companies providing safety courses for firefighters and first responders.

September 17, 2015 
By The Canadian Press

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