Ottawa police are investigating after a body was found in the Rideau River Tuesday afternoon near New Edinburgh.

The body was spotted in the Stanley Avenue and Sussex Drive area near Stanley Park, Ottawa Fire Services said in a tweet.

Bystanders alerted emergency crews to the bridge. 

Ottawa police said they received a 911 call at 3:38 p.m. about the discovery of a body near the Union Street Bridge.

People are asked to avoid the area while police and fire crews investigate.