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The vehicle of the four young people had been drafted from the Saint-Laurent on April 29, 2022. (Archive photo)


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An internal investigation by the Canadian Armed Forces into the drowning of four cadets from the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, in Saint-Laurent in 2022 concluded that their deaths “were not attributable to military service.”

On April 29, 2022, at around 2 a.m., a vehicle carrying four cadets, all in their final year, fell into the water off the coast of Point Frederick, a peninsula between the harbor and Navy Bay, on the St. Lawrence River in Kingston, Ontario. The city is home to the RMC campus.

The four cadets were named Andrei Honciu, Jack Hogarth, Andrés Salek and Broden Murphy.

Although few details of this case are known, the hypothesis of a crime was quickly ruled out. A military office later confirmed that the four youths had drowned and that unsafe use of a personal vehicle was one of the factors in their accident.

Major-General Craig Aitchison, commander of the Canadian Defense Academy, which oversees the Kingston military college, had ordered an internal summary investigation, one of two types of administrative investigation that the military generally launches after the death of a member.

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Officer Jack Hogarth, one of four victims in April 2022, was in his final year before graduating. (Archive photo)

This summary investigation was the subject of a press release from the Forces on Tuesday. Investigators examined the circumstances of the accident to determine whether they were linked to the work of young people within the Forces and whether preventive measures had been taken.

According to the statement, none of the victims were on duty and the deaths were not attributable to military service. It does not specify any preventative measures.

CBC has requested the full investigation report.

With information from CBC

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