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Provincial police say four children whose bodies were found on the shore of the St. Lawrence River near a village in northeastern Quebec earlier today have died.
Police say the dead were among a group of 11 people who were fishing for capelin near the shore when they were caught in the tide in Portneuf−sur−Mer, a small village about 550 kilometres northeast of Montreal.
The bodies of four children — all young minors older than 10 — were found unresponsive on the river bank a few hours after the emergency call.
The bodies were transported to a nearby health clinic where a doctor confirmed their deaths.
A man in his 30s remains missing and police say a search is underway to find him, with Quebec provincial police divers and Canadian Forces members taking part.
Police issued a statement saying investigators and forensic teams have been deployed to shed light on what happened.
A 911 call came in about 2 am and police say six people were rescued from the water and five others were reported missing — the four victims and the missing man.