Montreal firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard will resume their search this morning for a 40-year-old man who went missing in the waters of Lake Saint-Louis near Beaconsfield Tuesday night. Fire department spokesman Bruno Ruscio said the man fell from the sailboat he was captaining around 8:30 p.m. while reaching for something in the water.

“It was an accident… He wasn’t wearing a life jacket. We searched all night and did not find him,” Ruscio said.

The man was accompanied by a friend with no experience steering the vessel.

Ruscio said it’s unclear why they were out on the water at night.

“It’s late for that kind of boat to be out,” he said.

The boat eventually drifted to the shore and the passenger was able to call first responders to the scene.

Rescuers suspended their search at 2 a.m. Wednesday and were to resume at sunrise.