The body of a second man presumed drowned in the Ottawa River has yet to be found, but police did find the body they believe is one of the men.


Patrick Papineau says he tried to save two men who fell into the Deschênes Rapids late Saturday night. (CBC)

The body, which police say is a man in his 20s, was found by a conservation officer near Woodroffe Avenue and the Ottawa River Parkway just before 9 a.m. Monday. Ottawa police removed the body from the river.

An Ottawa police dive team resumed the search and recovery mission for the other body that was last seen in the Deschênes Rapids.

The search, which had been called off Sunday afternoon, aimed to find two young men, 21 and 26 years old. They were last seen walking far out into the rapids late Saturday night.


An Ottawa police dive team searched the water close to the shore for a second body. (CBC)

Police say the pair of men were with three others when they ventured into the water. The depth is about two feet for a long stretch, according to Staff Sgt. John McGetrick, then there is a steep drop-off.

One westbound lane remained closed on the Ottawa River Parkway between Island Park Drive and Woodroffe as police investigate.

Police said alcohol appears to be a factor in the incident.

The names of the two men are not being released at the request of their families.