Drag the Red: Meet the Volunteers Searching for Bodies in Winnipeg's Red River

VICE embedded with the crew of searchers checking the banks of the river for fresh bodies and with a boat crew who use fish hooks to search the river for bodies that may have sunk to the bottom.

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Sep 10 2015, 5:30pm

Winnipeg's Red River has long been thought of as the unofficial graveyard for the the city's criminal underbelly. But when the body of a 15-year old First Nations girl named Tina Fontaine was pulled from the river wrapped in a garbage bag in August 2014, it shocked the city and the country as a whole. A group of volunteers decided to take to the water to do what they say police won't.

VICE embedded with the crew of "Drag the Red" ground searchers checking the banks of the river for fresh bodies and with a boat crew who use fish hooks to search the river for bodies that may have sunk to the bottom. We also spoke with the local police about why they refuse to drag the river themselves and what's going on with the unsolved cases for missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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