Deadly weekend on Ottawa River with two drownings in the city

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Two separate drownings on the Ottawa River over the weekend included a young teenager who police said jumped from the Prince of Wales Bridge but didn’t resurface.

The City of Ottawa has tried for years to keep people off the worn-out bridge north of the Bayview O-Train station using fences at the land openings, but people still find ways to access the deck to watch the sunset or jump into the water.

According to Ottawa police, a group of youths were on the closed bridge Friday night, and some were jumping into the river. Police responded at 9:19 p.m. to a report of a possible drowning when a 14-year-old boy went missing after jumping into the water.

After searching for the boy Friday night, police on Saturday scoured the south shoreline of the Ottawa River as they pivoted from a rescue mission to one of recovery.

Officers with the emergency response unit searched along the shoreline between the bridge and the Chaudière Dam near the Canadian War Museum and operated a drone to search the water from above.

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