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Boy, 12, in critical condition after kayak struck by seaplane in Quebec’s Outaouais region

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Police say an adult on the kayak was able to dive into the water to avoid the impact but the child was not. Denis Beaumont / The Canadian Press

Quebec provincial police say a 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a seaplane while kayaking near Grand-Remous in western Quebec on Saturday.

The boy suffered serious head injuries and was listed in critical condition on Sunday at a hospital in Ottawa.

The incident occurred Saturday afternoon on the Baskatong reservoir, north of Maniwaki in the Outaouais region.

Police say it appears the pilot was performing a manoeuvre on the body of water and attempting to land and didn’t see the kayak.

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Sgt. Stephane Tremblay says an adult on the kayak was able to dive into the water to avoid the impact but the child was not.

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Police say they fear for the boy’s life. He was transported first to a regional hospital before being transferred to Ottawa.

Provincial police have opened an investigation to understand the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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