Police dive teams are searching the Ottawa River near Rockland to either rescue or recover the body of a 71-year-old man in a suspected drowning incident over the August 22 weekend.
Police dive teams are searching the Ottawa River near Rockland to either rescue or recover the body of a 71-year-old man in a suspected drowning incident over the August 22 weekend.

Suspected drowning near Rockland

Police dive teams are searching the Ottawa River near Rockland to determine if a 71-year-old man has drowned over the weekend.

Russell County OPP received a call aft 5 p.m., August 22, from the Ottawa Police Service, asking for their help in locating a senior described as “distraught”.

During their own search of the Clarence-Rockland area, OPP officers arrived at the local marina, located adjacent to Parc Du Moulin. They saw what they believed to be the missing man in the river.

One officer plunged into the river in a rescue attempt but was unable to locate the man. Soon after the Ottawa Fire Service Marine Unit arrived at the scene but was also unable to locate the man.

The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit attended the scene on Sunday. At present there is no word yet whether or not they have found the man or recovered his body.

Because this is a police case where a death may have occurred, the OPP notified the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) that deals with such matters for Ontario’s police forces. The SIU has invoked its mandate to take charge of the case so the OPP and Ottawa Police Service will no longer provide further updates.

All inquiries about the case must now go to the SIU communications department at 416-622-2342.