Jun 27 - UPDATE 2: SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING SWIMMER IN WHITEWATER REGION


FROM/DE: Upper Ottawa Valley OPP                                                                   DATE: June 27, 2018
 

UPDATE 2: SEARCH UNDERWAY FOR MISSING SWIMMER IN WHITEWATER REGION

Search Continues

(WHITEWATER REGION TWP, ON) – On June 22, 2018 at approximately 830pm members of the Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to an area of rapids on the Ottawa River in Whitewater Region Township after a male swimmer failed to return to shore.  The missing 20-year-old man, from the Town of Petawawa, had entered the water earlier that evening with a second man from Petawawa.  Both men became caught in a section of rapids on the Ottawa River adjacent to Grants Settlement Road and were swept away.  The second male was eventually able to make his way to shore and summonsed for help after the first male was not accounted for.
 
Members of the OPP, Whitewater Region Fire Department, Garrison Petawawa Fire Department and Renfrew County Paramedics responded and were assisted in the initial search by local professionals in the whitewater rafting community.  The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) was notified and two helicopters with Forward-Looking Infrared (FLIR) technology were deployed to the area to assist in the search at the time but were met with negative results.   The search continued on Saturday and Sunday June 23 and 24, 2018 with the assistance of the OPP helicopter and OPP’s Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU).
 
In addition to a ground search, the OPP’s USRU continued the search on June 25 and 26, 2018 with negative results.  Today on June 27, 2018, with the assistance of Hydro Quebec, the water levels on the river are being temporarily lowered to assist OPP’s USRU with their search efforts.  The OPP’s helicopter, members of OPP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) and military members are also assisting with the search on June 27, 2018. 
 
Updates will be provided as they become available.
 
 
Contact:  Cst. Shawn Peever
                Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Detachment
                (613) 732-3332 - office
                (613) 633-3294 - mobile