Search continues for missing boaters in northern Saskatchewan


Weeks after their first disappearance, search teams continue to search for two boaters who did not return from an afternoon on Lake Wollaston.

Although three people were initially missing, one of the boaters was found dead a few days later.

Wollaston Lake RCMP said a report was filed on Oct. 13 at 5 p.m. on three late boaters, a woman and two men.

“A boater left Lake Wollaston around 12:30 pm to pick up the other male and female at the barge landing,” according to a statement. “They were due to come back about two and a half hours later, but didn’t arrive. “

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Prince Albert Grand Council Search Rescue and Recovery Team (PAGC) (PAGC-SRR) resumes search with Wollaston Lake RCMP, Canadian Rangers, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and volunteers from the neighboring community.

“The past three weeks have been a difficult time for families, the community and everyone affected by this tragedy,” Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte said in a press release. “Despite a thorough search by the RCMP and others, two of the three boaters are still missing, and we plan to resume their efforts in a four-day operation with the help of a special team from Lloydminister and Manitoba. “

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RCMP said the boat the group was believed to be in was on Lake Wollaston and on October 16 the body of one of the boaters was found.

“His family has been notified,” the statement read. “Our hearts are with the members of his family.”

Craig Blackmer of Wollaston Lake Lake said the lake itself is around 100 miles wide and is estimated to be around 400 feet deep.

Wollaston Lake is an air-accessible community in northeast Saskatchewan, approximately 550 kilometers northeast of Prince Albert.

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