Windsurfer rescued from the Ottawa River

This was the second water rescue for the fire service on Sunday. Earlier in the morning, a kayaker was rescued from the river.

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A wind surfer was rescued from the Ottawa River Sunday afternoon after falling off his surfboard and being unable to get back up.

Ottawa Fire Services said the surfer, who was washed ashore near Lane Street along the Ottawa River, was in distress and had been in the water for nearly an hour when the emergency was called.

A fire services rescue team made their way to the surfer through four-foot waves.

“Fortunately the kitesurfer was wearing a lifejacket today which made the biggest difference to this being a successful outcome,” the fire service said. A spokesman for paramedics said the surfer suffered from mild hypothermia.

Fire services said some time was saved in reaching the surfer because a water rescue team was already training in the river when the call came through.

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This was the second water rescue for the fire service on Sunday. Early in the morning, a kayaker was rescued from the Ottawa River.

The kayaker was rescued with the help of the Ottawa Rowing Club, who first connected with the kayaker and were escorted back to shore with the man by a fire services water rescue team, who treated the kayaker before for the paramedics to arrive.

The kayaker was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition.

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