EXPANDED STORY: Sad ending to search for Andrew Lush

Nicholas Mercer
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Body of Bay Roberts man recovered by searchers on Friday

The search for a missing Bay Roberts man ended early afternoon on Friday, Feb. 21, and the outcome was a sad one.

Andrew Lush

Sgt. Greg Hicks of the Trinity Conception RCMP confirmed that at 12:30 p.m., members of Avalon North Wolverines search and rescue located the body of 37-year-old Andrew Lush.

The Wolverines, using a fast-rescue craft, located Lush in a body of water behind the Mariner lounge on Water Street in Bay Roberts.

The recovery, which took a couple of hours, ended an exhaustive week-long search.

Lush was last seen around 1 a.m. on Feb. 15 at Kelly’s Landing on Water Street in the community.

According to Andrew's mother, Betty Lush, Kelly’s Landing was the third stop for Andrew in a night of drinking that also included stops at two other Bay Roberts bars — The Mariner and Coach House.

“It’s a strange thing that happened to him,” Betty commented Friday morning, just hours before her son's body was recovered. At the time, she was still holding out hope that he would be found alive.

His body was found in an area of water that was not available to searchers during the initial search due to ice buildup.

However, a change in weather patterns cleared the ice from the area in recent days.

Hicks said the RCMP investigation is not finished.

"There is an autopsy being done to determine cause of death," said Hicks.

It was a heart-rending week for the Lush family as they waited for answers about the disappearance of their loved one.

The search was undertaken by volunteers with the Wolverines, police and family members.

“It’s terrible,” Betty Lush said.  

A night of drinking

There has been much speculation as to the circumstances surrounding Andrew's departure from Kelly's Landing, with many on social media questioning why Lush was allowed to leave the establishment without some assistance.

The bar’s owner, Donna Fowler, declined to comment when contacted. She had been away from her business for the past several weeks, and was not working the night of Feb. 14.

However, her employees have been in contact with the RCMP and have given statements. Attempts to speak with employees who were working that night were unsuccessful.

Sources say employees did call a taxi for Lush, but that he declined.

RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks confirmed that employees have co-operated with the investigation, but he would not comment on what information they have provided.

Betty Lush, however, believes more could have been done.

“If a drunken man says no, you still get it (taxi) for him,” Betty said.

Among the resources brought to bear in the search was a police service dog, a helicopter and a fast-rescue craft operated by the Wolverines.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Organizations: RCMP, Avalon North Wolverines, Coach House

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Water Street

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  • Rest in Peace
    February 24, 2014 - 13:55

    this is indeed a sad outcome, my condolences to the Lush family. I hope that an investigation is done and that bar owners and employees are held accountable and made know their responsibilities when serving alcohol. This story has a lot of holes in it and what ifs and its easy to point fingers but remember a mans life was lost and a family is missing their loved one.

  • cw
    February 24, 2014 - 11:28

    for everyones information,it is in the rules and regulations of a bar and its staff that if a intoxicated person is asked to leave the establishment the staff is supposed to call a cab and wait for that person to leave safely,if they refuse to get in the cab they are supposed to call the cops and make sure the person is safe.My neice is a bartender and she was told these rules when she took the job.

  • D
    February 24, 2014 - 10:37

    It is not bar staff's responsiblity to make sure every drunk person has a way home. You can not make someone get in a cab the same way if someone refuses to be seen by a doctor you cant make them. Listening to open line and hearing people blame bartenders and bouncers is crazy. Unless you have worked as either in a busy establishment you have no idea what bar staff have to put up with

  • D
    February 24, 2014 - 10:36

    It is not bar staff's responsiblity to make sure every drunk person has a way home. You can not make someone get in a cab the same way if someone refuses to be seen by a doctor you cant make them. Listening to open line and hearing people blame bartenders and bouncers is crazy. Unless you have worked as either in a busy establishment you have no idea what bar staff have to put up with

  • Tammie Humby
    February 21, 2014 - 23:22

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your son , may god keep you and comfort you in your time of sorrow. You are in my prayers

  • L F
    February 21, 2014 - 16:33

    I'm sure the authorities did their job , however i would speak to staff, customers , get the times he was wherever he was i'd record a paper trail i'd get all the pieces of the puzzle together, if one bar forced him out went to another and was served ,then that bar would be accountable, i'd get legal information around bars and their responsibilities, i know house parties we are responsible for out guest, but if one bar served an over intoxicated customer, i want to see the staff that has a smart serve. i would do my own investigation.

  • L F
    February 21, 2014 - 16:31

    I'm sure the authorities did their job , however i would speak to staff, customers , get the times he was wherever he was i'd record a paper trail i'd get all the pieces of the puzzle together, if one bar forced him out went to another and was served ,then that bar would be accountable, i'd get legal information around bars and their responsibilities, i know house parties we are responsible for out guest, but if one bar served an over intoxicated customer, i want to see the staff that has a smart serve. i would do my own investigation.