Overdue boaters back to safety after Yellowknife RCMP launched Search and Rescue operation

Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – On September 8th & 9th, 2020, Yellowknife RCMP conducted a search and rescue operation to locate three overdue boaters on Great Slave Lake.

Early on September 8th, a distress call was received on the marine emergency channel by the Canadian Coast Guard. The call was transferred to Yellowknife RCMP, who began an investigation.

Yellowknife RCMP requested the assistance of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA), the Canadian Coast Guard and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC).

CASARA deployed and conducted an air search while Yellowknife RCMP were investigating the origin of the distress call.

RCMP Rescue Craft
(File Photo) RCMP Rescue Craft

In the meantime, early on September 9th, a pleasure craft with three persons onboard was reported overdue to Yellowknife RCMP. Yellowknife RCMP confirmed the distress call came from the pleasure craft.

The boaters were located in the morning of Wednesday, September 9th, all safe. Due to mechanical problems with the inboard engine and weather, the boaters waited out before making their way back to Yellowknife with their outboard engine.

Yellowknife RCMP monitor their safety while they returned to Yellowknife on September 10th.

Yellowknife RCMP want to thank their partner agencies for their assistance.

Yellowknife RCMP would also like to remind people to stay safe and plan before going out on water.

Leave a trip plan to someone. Download the AdventureSmart Trip Plan app at adventuresmart.ca and send it with a friend or family member.

Plan extra fuel, food, water, matches, clothing, in case you have to stop due to weather.

Always bring a radio, satellite phone or other device and that it is working properly.

Ensure your communication devices are in working order and that you know how to use them.

Make sure your boat is in working condition. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your vessel and practice your emergency drills.

If you are boating and in need of help, dial 9-1-1 or contact Yellowknife RCMP at 669-1111. Make sure to provide as much information as possible, including your location and if anyone is injured, to better assist the Search and Rescue partners in preparing a rapid response.

Northwest Territories RCMP

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