Two sudden deaths over the Civic Long Weekend with two separate investigations by Renfrew O.P.P.
First, police say a 65-year-old Ottawa man was eating food at a campfire on Saturday evening in the Greater Madawaska area, near Calabogie, when he started to choke. Emergency crews were called to the scene, where the man was pronounced dead. He was with his family at a home on Matawanooka Line.
Then early Sunday around 2a.m., officers responded to a report of two campers who had fallen down an embankment.
O.P.P. say a group of seven friends from Quebec were camping in Horton Township, when a 20-year-old male went walking by himself. He fell 35 feet down an embankment lined with rocks and water beneath. He used his cell phone to message his friends back at the campsite to let them know he fell and needs help.
When his friends came to the rescue, one of them, a 24-year-old female, fell down the embankment and was pronounced dead on scene when police, paramedics and fire crews arrived. It's not clear how the female fell or what caused her death.
The 20-year-old male was pulled out of the embankment with minor injuries.
The group of friends are from Aylmer and Gatineau but it's not clear at this time where the female resides.
Alcohol is not believed to be a factor according to O.P.P. and there is nothing suspicious about the deaths.
The identities of the victims have not been released. The Ontario Coroner’s Office is leading both investigations.