Obituary of John Patrick Hartnett ~ 1936
The Whitehorse Star
September 11, 1936
Drowning Fatality Occurs
At Carmacks When Canoe
Upsets in Yukon River
Police Constable Drowns While
Telegrapher has Narrow Escape
CARMACKS, Sept. 8 - (Special to The Star) - Starting a short trip down the
Yukon River in a canoe at 6 p.m. Monday, Constable J. P. Hartnett, R.C.M.P.
officer at Carmacks, and A. R. Hayes, government telegraph operator at that
point, had only traveled a short distance when, without warning, the canoe
capsized, throwing both men into the swiftly running water.
At the time Hartnett was in the stern paddling while Hayes, who had no
paddle, was in the bow of the craft.
As the capsized canoe floated helplessly down the river, Frank Zimmer saw the
upturned craft pass his cabin with Hayes hanging alongside. A few minutes
previous an Indian farther up the river saw Hartnett let go his hold of the
canoe and sink for the third time and disappear.
On seeing the plight of Hayes, Zimmer rushed out to the upturned canoe in his
boat and found Hayes unconscious. Unable to lift the drowning man into his
boat, Zimmer managed to drag him ashore, where artificial respiration was
applied by Frank Goulter, Hayes finally regaining consciousness.
An immediate search for the body of Constable Hartnett was started but proved
to be unsuccessful, no trace of the body being found in the nearby vicinity.
While Hayes is unable to swim, it is understood that Const. Hartnett was a
fairly strong swimmer.
Constable John Patrick Hartnett was 28 years old, and was buried at the
Police Cemetery at Dawson City
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