Area OPP Police Press Releases

33 Year Old Hero Dies Attempting To Save Child – Matthew Reynold OTTENS

(TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON, ON) – On June 13, 2021, at approximately 12:20 p.m. Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Mapleton Fire/Rescue and Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Services responded to a report of a possible drowning on Conestogo Lake in Mapleton Township.

It was reported that a child went in the water from a boat. The victim jumped in the water and attempted to assist the child. Witnesses were able to pull the child safely from the water, however, the victim failed to resurface.

At approximately 8:45 p.m., members of the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit recovered the body of the missing man. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Matthew Reynold OTTENS, 33-years-old of Mapleton Township.

Centre Wellington Fire Rescue, ORNGE air ambulance, The OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), and a helicopter from OPP Aviation Services also assisted in the extensive search.

A post-mortem examination has been scheduled for June 14, 2021.

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