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Firefighters rescue paddleboarders swept into Deschênes rapids

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Joanne Laucius

Photograph near the Deschenes Rapids on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River.
Photograph near the Deschenes Rapids on the Gatineau side of the Ottawa River. Photo by Darren Brown /Postmedia

Two paddleboarders escaped injury Sunday after their boards were swept into the Deschênes rapids on the Ottawa River.

Emergency response teams rushed to the scene after getting 911 calls at about noon.

The paddleboarders had been swept into the rapids by an extremely strong current. They managed to tie themselves to each other and then to a buoy in the water, said Ottawa Fire Services.

After firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to confirm the location of the paddleboarders and launch a boat immediately to help them back to shore at the Nepean Sailing Club, where the paddleboarders were assessed by paramedics. There were no injuries.

When reporting an incident using 911, it is a good idea to remain at the scene, if it is safe, to help first responders locate the incident, said Ottawa Fire Services.

If paddling during the early mornings, please ensure someone knows where you are and when you plan to return.


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