The body of a Gameti man was recovered from Rae Lake after the RCMP responded to a call of a snowmobile going through the ice, Saturday.

Police issued a news release on Monday stating that Gameti RCMP received a call at 11:30 a.m. on May 30 of the man potentially going through the ice surface.

The NWT RCMP search manager, along with the police dog services and forensic identification services assisted in searching for the man.

A helicopter search was also conducted and a hole in the lake ice with a toboggan nearby were found, according to the news release.

The incident occurred about 6 kilometres north of Gameti, on Rae Lake, stated police.

“RCMP, with the assistance of community members, located the deceased man submerged in water,” states the news release. “The deceased man was removed from the water and has been transported to the NWT Coroner Services.”

Staff Sergeant Ken Beard, a non-commissioned officer for the South district based in Hay River, provided a statement following the man’s recovery.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of this man, who tragically lost his life to the ice and water conditions of our Northern lakes” stated Beard in the release.

Police indicated in the news release that they are assisting NWT Coroner Services with the Coroner’s investigation and that a post-mortem examination has been ordered.

The news release indicates that the break up conditions of area water ways are challenging and that travellers should be cautious when crossing frozen ice and open water.

The RCMP is not releasing the man’s name out of concern for the family of the deceased. The Coroner’s Office may release the name at a later date.


Simon Whitehouse

Simon Whitehouse came to Yellowknife to work with Northern News Services in 2011. Simon obtained his journalism education at Algonquin College and the University of Ottawa. Simon can be reached at...

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