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    OTTAWA (CP) - It was a deadly day on the water Saturday, with
    three Ottawa residents drowning in three separate accidents.
    The first was a 29-year-old Ottawa man who died in a scuba
    diving accident at Long Sault on the St. Lawrence River.
    A teen's birthday party in an east end suburb also ended in
    tragedy with the drowning of a 13-year-old boy who was a guest at
    the party.
    The third death was a young man who was escorting younger
    relatives on a fishing trip. He drowned while trying to save two of
    his charges who had fallen in the water.
    Hussein Choucaire, 22, his brother Kamil, 13, nephew Osman
    Kasser, 13, and a second nephew, 8, were fishing in pools on the
    southern, downstream side of Bate Island on the Ottawa River.
    To get to the pools, many people wade out into the shallow
    rapids and let their bait float downstream. Hussein's group was no
    different.
    Kamil and Osman were about 20 metres from shore in knee-deep,
    fast-moving water when Osman hooked a fish and lost his footing on
    the slippery rocks.
    "I fell, then Kamil tried to help me, but he fell too," Osman
    said later while friends and family gathered at the Ottawa
    Hospital.
    Hussein saw the boys in trouble, struggling in the water and
    fighting the current, and began making his way to them.
    "I was trying to help Kamil, and I got him," Osman said. "I
    pulled him out and we tried to get (Hussein) too but he was gone
    too far. We went to shore. Everything happened fast."
    Minutes after a bystander called 911, the police and fire
    department arrived and sent boats into the water.
    For the next hour, a half-dozen kayakers, four police and fire
    department boats, and other emergency personnel with face masks and
    snorkels scoured the water searching for Hussein.
    As the search continued, a stream of distraught family members
    arrived on the island, wailing in anguish.
    Many were simply overcome with grief and collapsed on the ground
    in tears.
    A police diver found Hussein's body in about three metres of
    water about 40 metres downstream from where he went in.
    "We've been telling people for years that this is a dangerous
    section of the river," Ottawa police Insp. Tyrus Cameron said.
    "Unfortunately, this is not the first time something like this has
    happened."
    (Ottawa Citizen)


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