Man presumed drowned after boating mishap on Ottawa River

Police search Ottawa River for man presumed drowned

Man fell into the water when his inflatable boat capsized


OTTAWA — Police scoured the Ottawa River and its shores into the early morning hours on Monday, looking for a man who fell into the water when his inflatable boat capsized.

But police say they have since pulled back the search as they believe the man has drowned.

Two men in their early 20s were spotted in the water, in the Deschenes Rapids, around 4 p.m. Sunday, after their small inflatable dinghy flipped in the rough conditions.

Emergency crews from Ottawa and Gatineau were called in to assist with the rescue efforts and one man — who was wearing a life jacket — was brought to shore by Gatineau water rescue crews.

Fire crews on both sides of the river called off their search around 9 p.m.

Ottawa police say they conducted an extensive search that included divers and sonar equipment but were unable to find the man or the green and yellow “Seahawk” dinghy.

The names of the two men were not immediately released.

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Police search Ottawa River for man presumed drowned

  1. When I partied with a friend of my mine, in the Gatineau’s, we used to turn these cheap-ballons over, just by leaning, but it was in 4-foot water, near the shore
    That’s the problem with consumer-“inflatable boats” -it was never designed with “bottom-weight”, for balancing, in mind. However, the Military never had these issues?
    A thousand years ago, even the Vikings knew about that important safety, life-saving, feature, and they traveled an entire ocean.

    But hey, this is what canadians’ get, when we let EVERYTHING be “Made in China”, -with NO QC whatsoever, even peoples lives are expendable, for the almighty profit-margin.