UPDATE: Search For Teen Girl Continues Along Petawawa River
A desperate search for a 17 year old girl along the Petawawa River resumed on Monday morning.
It was around 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon when police got a report that the teen somehow went into the fast-flowing river from the former CP railroad bridge.
Her identity has not been released at this time and police tell Star 96.7 they're still investigating how she ended up in the water.
Emergency responders spent Sunday evening scouring the river and the shorelines downstream from the railroad bridge and toward the mouth of the river, with the help of a low-flying helicopter that made several trips up and down the river, before suspending it for the night for the safety of first responders.
On Monday morning, the helicopter returned to the scene, and an OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit joined the effort.
"We're still actively searching, and anyone with any information is urged to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP", OPP Const. Shawn Peever told Star 96.7 on Monday morning".
Police are urging curious onlookers to stay away from the active search areas, as the river is extremely dangerous.
"We're discouraging the public from getting close. The water levels are so high, and the water is so powerful, we've seen the shorelines and banks eroding. We don't want to put someone else in the situation where they're going to need rescuing, or they're putting themselves in danger", Const. Peever added.
"Our officers and members of the underwater search and recovery unit are highly trained; they're professionals and this is what they do. We'd ask the public to leave the search for the professionals".
Still, Peever says anyone who has information that may help is urged to contact the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
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