Police find body of missing swimmer
The OPP continued the search for missing swimmer Arthur Lavoie on Friday. (Twitter/@OPP_NER)
CTV Northern Ontario
Published Monday, July 17, 2017 11:17AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, July 24, 2017 12:55PM EDT
The body of a Mattawa man has been pulled from the Ottawa River.
40-year old Arthur Lavoie disappeared July 15th while swimming in the river.
Lavoie was located Saturday about 2 kilometres east of Mattawa.
A post mortem exam is scheduled tomorrow in Sudbury.
The search for a swimmer missing since the weekend continues.
Police believe Arthur Lavoie was carried away by a strong current on Saturday. It happened in the Ottawa River near Mattawa.
On Friday, the Ontario Provincial Police said search efforts for the 40-year-old Mattawa man are continuing.
The marine unit is still on scene. An unmanned aerial system and helicopter are assisting with the search.
"The area where the male entered the water is described as having a very strong current, varying depths and not suitable for swimming," reads a statement from police.
"The area being searched posed many challenges to the search team due to treacherous conditions in the water."
The OPP said Lavoie was last seen wearing red shorts, a red t-shirt and a red bandana.
Police are asking if anyone observes clothing matching the description above floating in the river or on the riverbanks to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.