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11-year-old boy dies after being pulled from Carp River in Ottawa's west end


An 11-year-old boy died in the hospital after being rescued from the Carp River in Ottawa's west end.

It's the second drowning death of a young child in Ottawa in a week.

Emergency crews responded to a 911 call just before 7 p.m. Sunday about a child "possibly drowning," at the Carp River Conservation Area.

Ottawa police say the boy was with a friend at the conservation area when he somehow entered the water. The friend called 911.

Ottawa Fire Service public information officer Nick DeFazio says when firefighters arrived on the scene, the caller was on a bridge and told firefighters their friend "had jumped from the bridge into the water."

"There was no area for our Water Rescue Team to launch their boat, so our members put on their PFDs (personal flotation devices) and made their way into the water to begin searching," DeFazio said.

"While searching, one of our members located the missing child and with the help of other members, pulled the child to the surface."

Firefighters immediately began CPR and lifesaving measures, and paramedics continued to attempt to revive the boy en route to hospital, according to police.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

DeFazio said the water was higher than normal at the time, and it was difficult to locate the boy when firefighters first arrived.

"We had a mass amount of rain in the last little while, so the water was quite high. The water was almost on the edge of the bridge," he said. "Upon location, it wasn't visible where the child was, so they put on their life jackets, got in, they used their feet and their hands to feel around until eventually one firefighter did find the child."

DeFazio added the area is very muddy and there are some concrete blocks under the water. 

"You always have to recognize the dangers that come with going in water and especially going in water that you don't know what's at the bottom," he said.

Anyone in the area at the time of the drowning is asked to contact the Ottawa Police Service West Criminal Investigations Section at 613-236-1222, ext. 2666.

"We all offer our condolences to the boy’s family and loved ones," police said.

Ottawa Fire Chief Paul Hutt extended condolences to the family of the victim.

"On behalf of the Ottawa Fire Services, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the child who tragically drowned in Kanata early yesterday evening. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time," Hutt said on social media.

The Carp River Conservation Area is located on Terry Fox Drive, between Richardson Side Road and Campeau Drive.

On June 3, a boy drowned in the Ottawa River at Britannia Beach. 

--With files from CTV News Ottawa's Austin Lee Top Stories

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