Police have disclosed the identity of victims deceased in a deadly watercraft collision on the Ottawa River northwest of Petawawa on Sunday night. According to the police, 20-year-old Zachary Lapointe, of Pembroke, and 25-year-old Tiffany Burgess, of Petawawa, were aboard their personal water craft when it collided with rocks near Dow Island, i.e. situated five kilometres northwest of Petawawa Point, around 10:16 p.m. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
As soon as they learned about the accident, The Town of Petawawa Fire Department dispatched their water rescue boat in coordination with Garrison Petawawa Military Police and Fire Department, County of Renfrew Paramedics Services, and the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP Marine Unit. The incident is under investigation by Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police. In a separate incident, officers and paramedics were called to a residence on Matawanooka Line in Greater Madawaska on Saturday night to find a 65-year-old male, from Ottawa, choked to death. He was pronounced dead at the scene after eating food at a campfire.