Ottawa fire crews en route to one water rescue on the Ottawa River were rerouted to a second Wednesday evening, the latest incidents in a busy summer on the waterway.
Ottawa Fire Services’ water rescue team got a call about a kiteboarder in distress around 6:10 p.m., according to a news release.
When the team got to the Britannia Yacht Club in west Ottawa, they said he was safe but his board and kite were drifting down the river.
While they were trying to get his gear back, they got another call about an overturned sailboat near 113 Grandview Road, slightly west of the first call.
The news release said that sailboat had righted itself and then overturned again while drifting down the river.
Fire crews reached the boat as it drifted toward the Quebec side of the river and made sure everyone was safe before Gatineau fire crews met it on the other side.
Water rescue crews have been kept busy with incidents on the Ottawa River in the past few weeks, including a fatal capsizing on June 1.