The Department of National Defence says an investigation is underway after four cadets died in an incident involving a vehicle at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont.
The incident happened shortly after 2 a.m. Friday on Point Frederick, a peninsula at Canadian Forces Base Kingston that sits between Kingston Harbour and Navy Bay on the St. Lawrence River.
Investigators were seen Friday examining the road and shoreline in boats and on foot. Late Friday afternoon, the vehicle that carried the cadets was seen being pulled from the water by authorities.
Frontenac Paramedics said four patients were treated at the scene but none of them were taken to hospital.
The Royal Military College (RMC) is located on the peninsula, just east of downtown Kingston.
“This loss is felt across the RMC community and we extend our deepest condolences to all our members, their families, and their friends during this difficult time,” a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence wrote in an email Friday.
“RMC’s first priority is to ensure our Naval and Officer Cadets, staff, faculty, and families are cared for and supported.”
Independent arm of military police investigating
The department said the process of notifying next of kin is ongoing, and “therefore no further information will be made available at this time.”
The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service is investigating the incident, according to Kingston Police, who are assisting.
The investigation service is the independent investigative arm of the Canadian Forces Military Police.
Kingston Mayor Bryan Patterson posted on social media Friday saying he was “absolutely heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss.” Patterson is an assistant professor at the college in the department of political science and economics.
As a member of the RMC community I am absolutely heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of 4 officer cadets early this morning. As Mayor of Kingston I want to express my sincere condolences to their families, friends & everyone at RMC. We stand with you & offer our full support.