Behchoko, Northwest Territories – Behchoko RCMP were advised of an overdue 42-year-old man, who had headed out in a canoe. RCMP received the report on Thursday June 10 at approximately 3 pm. The report indicated the man had headed out earlier in the week, but had not been heard from for several days.
Police began an immediate investigation, and once they confirmed the man was not at any of the locations he frequents, they engaged local Search and Rescue. The Behchoko community volunteers had already been out for a preliminary check of the location he was believed to have travelled to. RCMP checked a location available by land/road. Both searches were negative on location of the man. However, RCMP now had a description of the canoe and the gear the man had taken with him.
RCMP obtained the services of a helicopter, dispatched from Yellowknife and flown to Behchoko. There, RCMP members along with two community volunteers who knew the area to assist, boarded the air craft and began a search of the Frank Channel area.
At approximately 7 pm, the man was located deceased in a body of water alongside a canoe matching the description. The area did not provide a location for the helicopter to safely land, so the location was marked and the RCMP and volunteers returned to Behchoko.
Community volunteers familiar with the area, provided assistance and one boat to bring the RCMP to the location to retrieve the man. He was transported by boat back to Behchoko, and then to the RCMP Detachment.
NWT Coroner Services attended to Behchoko. The man is presumed to have drowned. A post mortem examination has been ordered. RCMP are assisting the Chief Coroner with the Coroner Act investigation.
NT RCMP would like to thank the community of Behchoko, and Acasta Heliflight, in helping to locate the man and bring him back to Behchoko. Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the man, and the community of Behchoko.
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