Constable George Quiqueran DeBeaujeu
Northwest Mounted Police
End of Watch: Monday, September 8, 1890
Tour of Duty: 11 months
Badge Number: 2439
Cause of Death: Drowned
Date of Incident: Monday, September 8, 1890
Incident Location: Northwest Territories
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Constable DeBeaujeu was stationed aboard a NWMP Vessel called the Keewatin. The vessel encountered severe weather in Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba. The vessel had anchored to wait out the conditions but the anchor chain broke setting the vessel adrift. The vessel eventually hit a reef and overturned.
Constable DeBeaujeu was swept to his death. Fellow officer, Corporal Harry Morphy, was swept from the vessel the following day. The Captain, Matthew Watts, a civilian, was found clinging to the wreckage 13 days after the vessel sank. He was alive but later died in hospital.
Constable DeBeaujeu's body was found 2 months later. Corporal Morphy's body was never recovered.
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