On June 28, 2020, at approximately 3:05 pm, Portage la Prairie RCMP responded to a report that an inflatable raft carrying eight people had drifted away from shore, at St. Ambroise Beach.
RCMP officers, along with Manitoba Conservation officers, arrived on scene and requested additional resources to assist. As additional resources were arriving at the location, two people from the raft were brought to shore by a civilian boat. The RCMP and Manitoba Conservation both launched boats and were able to get to the inflatable raft and rescue all of the remaining occupants. The raft had drifted out 8 km from shore.
Over the past two weeks, RCMP has received several reports involving inflatables that have floated very far from shore. In two of the instances a rescue was required.
"In every incident that the RCMP has responded to, everyone has been safely rescued and brought to shore," said Corporal Julie Courchaine of the Manitoba RCMP. "We want everyone to enjoy the beautiful weather and Manitoba lakes, but please do so safely. When you're using an inflatable, remember to ensure that you are anchored, wear a life jacket, never be in the water alone, be aware of your own abilities, and always remain vigilant as the weather can change quickly."