RCMP said two men had to be rescued after their boat capsized in Buffalo Lake, about 60 kilometres east of Hay River near the Alberta border.

Police received a distress signal from a SPOT device at about 3 p.m. Sept. 28. The men were found about a kilometre offshore.

“With the assistance of Great Slave Helicopters and the Canadian Coast Guard Auxillary, RCMP members responded and were able to locate both men and bring them to Hay River Regional Health Centre for treatment of non-life threatening hypothermia,” Julie Plourde wrote in a news release. “The RCMP would like to remind all travellers to take precautions and plan for the unexpected. If you are leaving for a trip, make sure you leave a detailed plan to a friend or family member, with time of departure, time of arrival and destination.”

Police also recommend taking extra fuel, food, water, matches and clothing, in case you have to stop due to weather. Always bring a radio, satellite phone or other device and that it is working properly. And don’t forget to wear a Personal Flotation Device.

Finally, make sure your boat is in working condition. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your vessel and practice your emergency drills.

“If you are boating and in need of help, dial 9-1-1 or contact your local RCMP detachment or 911,” Plourde wrote. “Make sure to provide as much information as possible, including your location and if anyone is injured, to better assist the Search and Rescue partners in preparing a rapid response.”


Craig Gilbert

Craig is an award-winning journalist who has worked in his home province of Ontario, the Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Alberta and the Northwest Territories again. He should be at least six...

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