Rapids studded with rebar no place to swim
Ottawa & Region
Ottawa Sun

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By Megan Gillis, Ottawa Sun, June 24, 2016

A Gatineau first responder warned swimmers to stay out of the Deschênes Rapids, after a man and woman in their 20s who swam through them across the Ottawa River on Friday are “lucky to be alive.”

“It’s a very, very dangerous location for swimming,” said Jean-Guy Leclerc, director of operations for Gatineau’s fire service, adding that even when the water is as low as it is now, the rapids are powerful and studded with rebar from an old dam.