Two separate drowning incidents regarding two young males over the weekend

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OTTAWA – Two males were reported drowned over the weekend.

Ottawa Police say they along with the Marine, Dive and Trails Unit responded to a possible drowning of a 14-year-old male at the Prince of Wales Bridge shortly after 9:15 p.m. on July 3.  A group of youths gathered on the bridge and some were jumping off into the Ottawa River.  The 14-year-old male member of this group jumped off the bridge and did not resurface. Ottawa Police and divers, the Emergency Services Unit UAV as well as Ottawa Fire Service, Gatineau Police and Gatineau Fire Service partnered to search the water and shoreline by boat, by foot and by air but did not locate the male. 

The Central Criminal Investigations Unit will be conducting an investigation to determine what occurred. The family of the boy has been advised of this incident and the Ottawa Police Service Victims Crisis Unit counsellors are assisting them and the male’s friends. Officers resumed the water search the next morning.

The second drowning victim, a 20-year-old male went missing around 8 p.m. Saturday while swimming with a group at Britannia Beach. 

The young male was observed going under the water and did not resurface. 

Frontline officers, members of the Marine, Dive and Trails Unit, as well as Ottawa Fire Service searched the water and shoreline by boat and foot. Marine, Dive and Trails Unit divers recovered the male’s body shortly before 1:45 a.m. Sunday morning. 

The Ottawa Police Service Victims Crisis Unit counselors are assisting the witnesses. The West Criminal Investigations Unit will be conducting an investigation to determine what occurred. Investigators will be liaising with outside police agencies in order to advise the male’s next of kin as soon as possible.

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