Overdue hunter sparks RCMP reminder on safe travels on land and waterways

August 22, 2017
Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

Safety Tip

An overdue hunter, from the community of Sachs Harbour, was reported missing on the morning of August 22. The hunter had set out alone the previous evening, on an ATV with trailer, a rifle, and some basic food supplies. He intended to return the same evening, so when he did not, he was reported missing.

While the RCMP worked quickly with local Search and Rescue members to organize a Search and Rescue, the hunter returned home safely on his own accord.

Stranded due to fog, he had to abandon his trailer as the terrain was too muddy. He was in good health and appeared unharmed.

Hunting and harvesting season is upon us in many areas of the Northwest Territories, and as summer winds down, the temperatures drop and terrain and water conditions change.

The NT RCMP remind all persons travelling on land or water to be prepared.

On land:

  • Make sure your transport is in good working order
  • Carry extra fuel
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you are travelling through, know the potential hazards
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out

On waterways:

  • Be familiar with the operation of your vessel and ensure it is in proper working condition prior to heading out on the water
  • Carry extra fuel
  • Have a spare battery or a means to recharge your boat battery and a backup motor
  • Have everyone wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you will be travelling, learn about local hazards
  • Familiarize yourself with marine navigation
  • Check the marine forecast before heading out and monitor the weather for changes
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate, required safety equipment for your vessel: a bailer, paddles, a whistle or horn, and a throw rope

When travelling land or water:

  • Carry a satellite phone, marine radio, emergency communications device or other means of communication.
  • Inform someone of your travel plans, where you are going, and when you plan to return.
  • Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills

"Our Territory is so vast, and holds so many treasures and items that are harvested by our citizens. We want them to enjoy the outdoors, carry out their hunts and harvests, but to be safe and able to signal us if they are in need of assistance. Communications devices are one of the most valuable items they can take with them when they head out on the land or waterways", Marie York-Condon, Northwest Territories RCMP Media Relations

The RCMP is committed to keeping the citizens of the Northwest Territories Safe. We thank the media for continuing to provide our information to the public. Together, perhaps we could save a life.


Contact information

Marie York-Condon
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Media Relations
Northwest Territories RCMP – Yellowknife, NT
Office: (867)765.3709

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