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Firefighters rescue stranded canoeists

Jan. 2, 2014, Ottawa - Four Ottawa-area people chose a harrowing way to ring in the New Year.

January 2, 2015
By The Canadian Press

They managed to strand themselves in a canoe on the icy Ottawa River.

Firefighters got the call just after midnight that the four were stuck in the middle of the river not far from Parliament Hill.

Water and ice teams mounted an extensive rescue operation that ended with the four canoeists being returned safely to shore where they were checked over by paramedics.

There’s no word that any suffered serious injury.

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