Young woman drowns at Fitzroy park Saturday

Special to WC Online

FITZROY HARBOUR – An 18-year-old Ottawa woman drowned yesterday (Aug. 14) evening while swimming at Fitzroy Provincial Park.

Emergency crews were called to the provincial park on Canon Smith Drive at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday.

“The Ottawa Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a Aug. of an accidental drowning at Fitzroy Provincial Park at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14,” OPP media relations officer Const. Joe Tereshcuk released in a statement today (Aug. 15). “Initial information reported to police stated a person went into the water in the beach area but did not resurface. The Ottawa Fire Service boat attended the scene and recovered the missing person deceased in the water.”

The deceased has been identified as Cheka Kazera, 18 of Ottawa.

“The police investigation into this incident is closed, no foul play is suspected,” Tereschuk said. “No further details will be released.”

The woman’s body was recovered by members of the Ottawa Fire Water Rescue Unit just over two hours after she was reported missing.

This is the third drowning in Ottawa this spring and summer.

In May, a 24-year-old Ottawa man died after falling into the water at Hog’s Back Falls. His body was recovered from the Rideau River two weeks after he disappeared.

In June, a 26-year-old man died after going missing in the Ottawa River. Ottawa police say the London, ON, native disappeared after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge into the water.

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