Over the Falls- June 1984





Today I was searching the newspaper archives trying to try out about the accident on Central Bridge in the 80s. I did come across this– and everyone should remember swimming safety in the Mississippi River.

Dianne Tysick Pinder-Moss– Almonte Gazette June 1984

An after-supper swim with a friend turned into a life and death struggle
against the Mississippi River for an Almonte teenager last Monday night.
Kimberley Ladouceur, 15, o f 104 Colina St, had been swimming with her
cousin Amy Ladouceur near Black Bridge when the accident occurred
around seven o’clock.

“I went to get up on the cement piillar and I just went over,” she said.
She got caught in the current and went part way down through the falls beside
the Collie mill. As she went through the falls, she said she yelled at Amy to go and get
Bob MacLachlin who lived up the street.

While Amy was gone, two boys Patrick Poag and Don Waddell attempted
to pull her out but could not reach her hand.

“M r MacLachlin came and grabbed one of my hands and lifted me up ” Kimberley recalled. 

She estimated she was in the water for only two or three minutes. Her mother, Linda Ladouceur, said Kimberley was “shook up ” following the accident and was treated for
scrapes and bruises at the Almonte General Hospital. Poag was treated for a cut foot. This was the first time Kimberley had gone swimming in the river this year.


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Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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