RCMP continue to search for overdue travellers

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Yellowknife RCMP are continuing the search and rescue operation for three overdue travellers enroute to Lutsel’ke.

With another full day of search efforts yielding no results, RCMP are releasing the names of two of the travellers, in hopes that information from the communities may assist in the search.

Missing are Samuel Boucher, 65, Cammy Boucher, 23 and an unknown male in their company. If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, please contact your nearest RCMP Detachment.

The three travellers, departed Dettah following a route to Lutsel’ke. The travellers were aboard a 1990’s era Black Bombardier Scandic two seater, towing two toboggans. The travellers had equipment appropriate for travelling on the land and at least one person was believed to be an experienced traveller on the land.

Search and Rescue
Search and Rescue

Air search resources have been deployed. An air search over a portion of Great Slave Lake, was completed last evening, May 14. The air search resources were back in the air today, May 15, with no sightings recorded.

Reported ice conditions are too treacherous for ground search resources to deploy. RCMP advise the public to please refrain from individual search attempts due to deteriorating ice conditions.

“We continue to advise, that at this time, RCMP have a coordinated search effort under way. We do not want community volunteers to put themselves at risk, despite their good intentions to assist” states Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel, Yellowknife RCMP Operations Manager.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.

Northwest Territories RCMP

BACKGROUND May 15, 2019

Yellowknife RCMP have initiated a search and rescue to locate three overdue travellers enroute to Lutsel’ke.

Yellowknife RCMP received a report, approximately 7:20 pm May 14, of overdue travellers that were believed to be travelling from the community of Dettah to Lutsel’ke.

At approximately 10:30 pm, Monday May 13, three people, 2 men and 1 woman, departed Dettah following a route to Lutsel’ke. The travellers were aboard a 1990’s era Black Bombardier Scandic two seater, towing two toboggans. The travellers had equipment appropriate for travelling on the land and at least one person was believed to be an experienced traveller on the land.

Air search resources have been deployed. An air search over a portion of Great Slave Lake, was completed last evening, May 14. The air search resources are back in the air today, May 15. Reported ice conditions are too treacherous for ground search resources to deploy. RCMP advise the public to please refrain from individual search attempts due to deteriorating ice conditions.

“At this time, RCMP have a coordinated search effort under way. We do not want community volunteers to put themselves at risk, despite their good intentions to assist” states Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel, Yellowknife RCMP Operations Manager.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.



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