Anzac, Alberta – On July 23, 2017 at approximately 11:30 a.m., Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a possible drowning on Gregoire Lake in Gregoire Lake Provincial Park. A 35-year-old male was canoeing when it tipped over.
Members along with Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers started rescue efforts on the lake but the male was not located in or around the canoe that was recovered.
The search continues utilizing several boats and search and rescue teams from Fort McMurray and Lac La Biche, and Fire and Rescue from Anzac.
The Southshore Boat Launch and Day Use area remain closed to the public. Further updates will be provided when available.
July 25th, 2017
Wood Buffalo RCMP: Boat Launch Closure at Gregoire Lake Provincial Park
Anzac, Alberta: The Wood Buffalo RCMP are currently engaged in an investigation on Gregoire Lake, in Gregoire Lake Provincial Park. This has resulted in the Southshore Boat Launch and Day Use area being closed to the public. The public is still permitted to access the lake from other appropriate designated areas. However, there are RCMP, Search and Rescue, and Emergency Services boats on the water. For the safety of the emergency services workers, please do not approach any of the working boats as they may have divers or equipment in the water. Please respect any boundaries that have been set up in the area that emergency services is working.
An updated release will be sent out when the Southshore Boat Launch and Day Use area is open to the public again.
This report has been updated (July 27):
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