(RENFREW, ON) – The Renfrew Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is investigating the death of a kayaker in the Ottawa River. Police responded along with Paramedics to the scene along the Ottawa River in the Whitewater Region Township on Tuesday, July 4 at approximately 10:30 am. The caller indicated a female kayaker had been pulled from the water unresponsive after being caught in rapids and ejecting from her kayak. Bystanders performed CPR until she was brought to paramedics who then took over her care. She was transported to the hospital. Efforts to resuscitate her were not successful and she was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The female, a 55-year-old from Texas was staying at Wilderness Tours and was kayaking with a group at the time of the incident. Her identity will not be released pending notification of next of kin. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.
Police and the Coroner’s Office are continuing to investigate the death, but do not suspect foul play. The OPP Forensic Identification Services (FIS) and Renfrew County Crime Unit are assisting the lead investigator, Provincial Constable Dave Peace.