OPP searching Ottawa River for missing swimmer

A search is underway for a 20-year-old swimmer after police say he was swept away by rapids in the Ottawa River.

Man caught in turbulent rapids while swimming near Renfrew, Ont.

A man is missing in the Ottawa River after being swept away by a series of turbulent rapids. (Dave Chidley/CBC)

A search is underway for a 20-year-old swimmer after police say he was swept away by rapids in the Ottawa River.

Police were still searching for the Petawawa man Sunday morning after he failed to return to shore Friday night, Ontario Provincial Police said.

He and another man were caught in rapids while swimming near Renfrew, Ont., in the Ottawa Valley on Friday evening, they said.

Police said the other swimmer managed to make it back to shore and call for help.

Emergency workers were assisted by two infrared-equipped helicopters in their initial search for the man, but he could not be found.