Someone was drowning on an Ottawa beach and 1 person jumped in to help save them

A beachgoer at a popular beach jumped into the water to help save a drowning person in the Ottawa River on June 1.

Shortly after 1:30 p.m., emergency services received a call reporting that a person was drowning at Britannia Beach in Ottawa. The caller told 911 he believed the person was drowning from exhaustion.

That’s when the swimmer entered the water and helped the swimmer reach a buoy, according to the Ottawa Fire Department.

At approximately 1:45 p.m., the Ottawa Fire Services water rescue team arrived and rescued the two people. Ottawa Fire Services say they were both brought down to earth safe and sound in less than a minute.

In a photo posted to Twitter, a team of more than a dozen firefighters are seen on the shore of Britannia Beach.

According Data from the Drowning Prevention Research Center Canada, Ontario recorded 100 unintentional water-related deaths in 2018. This number increased by seven people from the number recorded in 2017, which had 93 unintentional water-related deaths. water.

Ontario has recorded the highest number of water-related deaths in Canada.

From 2012 to 2016, Ontario recorded an average of 152 water-related deaths. Quebec followed with 78 water-related deaths for the same period.

“Drowning can occur in any water, but the most common places of water-related death vary by age,” the report notes. “Young and middle-aged adults most often drown in natural bodies of water, such as lakes and rivers. Young children and seniors over the age of 65 are vulnerable groups to drowning in artificial bodies of water, such as bathtubs and swimming pools.”

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