Two people dead after Jet Ski crashes into rocks in Petawawa, Ont.
Petawawa's Tiffany Burgess and Pembroke's Zachary Lapointe identified as victims
Two people are dead after a Jet Ski crash in the Ottawa River in Petawawa Sunday night.
The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police said they were called to waters off Dow Island in Petawawa just after 10:15 p.m.
They said two people were pronounced dead at the scene after their personal watercraft collided with some rocks in the river.
They have been identified as 25-year-old Tiffany Burgess of Petawawa and 20-year-old Zachary Lapointe of nearby Pembroke.
"(Lapointe) had numerous boats through all of his life and without commenting on the circumstances, definitely knew the water in the area," said Rob Schilkie, who said he knew Lapointe.
"You kind of expect beginners to get themselves into trouble, but that definitely wouldn't have been the case here."
Boater Mike Lavoie said hazards in the area include shoals, rocks and whirlpools.
"At night, if they're out there, then they should have proper lighting, know the topography of the water," he said.
OPP said the Petawawa Fire Department, CFB Petawawa military police and firefighters and Renfrew County paramedics assisted at the scene.
The police investigation continues and no cause has been identified.