Two overdue hunters, from Hay River and Lutselk'e, were located safe on March 22, 2020
A group on a caribou hunt left their base camp in the area of MacKay Lake on Saturday, March 21, travelling on snowmobiles, and were expected back at the base camp the same evening.
Two men failed to return to their base camp as they were separated from the group. On the morning of March 22, 2020, a member of their group contacted RCMP by satellite phone to advise that the men were overdue and provided co-ordinates for where the men had last been seen.
RCMP began the organization of a search and rescue operation, requesting the assistance of Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and group members.
As soon as the weather cleared in the MacKay Lake area, members of the hunters' group launched a search for the missing pair. By 1:25 pm, the men had been located and were safe.
"Public safety is the RCMP's top priority. Please ensure you let your friends and family know when you are planning to head out on the land and/or water and bring along a communication device. The recent weather conditions once again demonstrated how plans can change unexpectedly. Please ensure you are well prepared for adverse weather or mechanical issues" adds Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel.
RCMP remind people travelling on the land to:
- Carry a satellite phone, marine radio, emergency communications device or other means of communication, and know how to use them.
- Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills.
- Wear or carry suitable clothing and proper footwear - dress in layers to regulate body temperature and adjust to sudden changes in weather conditions.
- Pack extra clothing for protection from the elements - Hypothermia is a serious risk if you go out unprepared for the weather conditions.