Baby drowns after missing on Petrie Island beach

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A two-year-old boy was found drowned on Tuesday near Petrie Island on Tuesday, police said.

Ottawa firefighters were dispatched at 5:56 p.m. to respond to a call regarding a missing child last seen at the water’s edge on the north side of Petrie Island. Firefighters launched two lifeboats at 6:09 p.m. and located the child at 6:52 p.m., said Ottawa firefighter spokesman Carson Tharris.

Police said the child was recovered without vital signs and that paramedics rushed him to CHEO where, despite medical intervention, he was pronounced dead.

Police said supports have been put in place for the family and first responders responded to this call and ooffer condolences to the boy’s family.

Police also thanked members of the public who also helped locate him before the emergency workers arrived.

Police said an investigation was continuing in accordance with police policy for the sudden death of a child under the age of five.

There are nature trails, picnic areas and two public municipal beaches on Petrie Island, which is accessible from Orleans by a causeway.

The city said it plans to have municipal lifeguards on duty from June 27 onwards and begin water quality testing.

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