Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – Yellowknife RCMP coordinated a search and rescue operation to rescue three stranded boaters on Great Slave Lake.
On Sunday, October 4th, Yellowknife RCMP received a complaint regarding possible boaters in distress by Dettah. Yellowknife RCMP dispatched immediately. A 911 call was received minutes later, confirming the incident.
The boaters had lost their engine and their boat was drifting away, due to high winds and rough waters.
Yellowknife RCMP mobilized the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary (CCGA). A CCGA vessel deployed in the area where the boaters were last seen, and all three passengers were located, uninjured, and brought to safety.
The RCMP would like to thank the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary for their assistance.
The RCMP would also like to remind people to use extra caution when going on water, and to plan for any emergency situations:
Leave a detailed plan to a friend or a family member, with time of departure, time of arrival and destination.
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.
Don’t forget to wear a Personal Flotation Device.
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 your local RCMP detachment or 911. 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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