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Boy, 14, presumed drowned after jumping into Ottawa River from Prince of Wales Bridge

A search is to resume Saturday for a 14-year-old boy who did not resurface after jumping from the Prince of Wales Bridge on Friday.

A group of youths had been hanging out at the closed bridge and some were jumping off into the Ottawa River.

Patrol officers were joined by specialists from the marine, dive and trails unit and a search began. A drone was also brought in to assist.

Ottawa Fire Service and Gatineau police and fire service searched the water and shoreline by boat and on foot.

The central criminal investigations unit is looking into the matter.

Police said the boy’s family had been advised of the incident and police crisis unit counsellors were assisting them and the teen’s friends.  

Area of Prince of Wales Bridge over the Ottawa River
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- The Ottawa Police Service's marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male that went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Ottawa Police Service’s marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male who went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- The Ottawa Police Service's marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male that went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Ottawa Police Service’s marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male who went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- The Ottawa Police Service's marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male that went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Ottawa Police Service’s marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male who went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- The Ottawa Police Service's marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male that went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Ottawa Police Service’s marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male who went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- The Ottawa Police Service's marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male that went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
The Ottawa Police Service’s marine dive and trails unit along with the emergency services unit were searching for the 14-year-old male who went missing after jumping off the Prince of Wales Bridge Friday night. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia
OTTAWA -- July 4, 2020 -- Prince of Wales Bridge, Saturday, July 4, 2020. ASHLEY FRASER, POSTMEDIA
Prince of Wales Bridge, Saturday, July 4, 2020. Ashley Fraser/Postmedia

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