Woman falls to death trying to save friend

(QMI Agency File Photo)

(QMI Agency File Photo)

Kelly Roche, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:44 PM ET

OTTAWA -- A 24-year-old woman died early Sunday trying to rescue a friend while camping near Renfrew, Ont.

"There was a group of seven friends from Quebec," OPP Const. Janice Sawbridge said, adding they are from Gatineau and Aylmer.

Emergency crews responded at 2 a.m. in Horton Township to a report of two campers who had fallen down an embankment.

A 20-year-old man had tumbled 35 feet but suffered minor injuries.

"He went for a walk or something ... and wandered off," Sawbridge said.

The man phoned his friends asking for help.

"He couldn't get up the side of the embankment," she said.

The woman went to assist and also fell.

Her name is being withheld as family is notified.

The fatal fall is one of two camping-related deaths over the long weekend.

A 65-year-old Ottawa man choked to death while eating.

"He was with family," Sawbridge said.


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