Lost hunter Joe Black found alive

An aerial view of the search area. The red pin is where Murdock Lake is. (Google Map)

The lost has been found. 65 year old Joe Black was air lifted by helicopter from Murdock Lake to Stanton Territorial hospital Wednesday afternoon.

CKLB host Mary Rose Blackduck received a flurry of texts and messages around 2pm that Black had been found alive.

The former Canadian Ranger was separated from his hunting party of 8 people on Monday, during a blizzard 150 kilometers northeast of Yellowknife. DeBeers had closed the Ice Road to the Gahcho Kue Mine earlier on Wednesday as blizzard and white out conditions worsened.

“He’s de-hydrated, he told me he was getting weak. It was a struggle for him to stand up when they found him, he didn’t think he was going to make it,” his wife Margaret Black told CKLB’s Mary Rose Blackduck on Thursday.

Family members say he had built a snow shelter, and marked where he was with ribbon. Black also had his snow mobile partly inside it to keep him warm for the first day.

He remains in Stanton Territorial hospital, as he regains his strength. Many community members from Behchoko have come to wish him well as he recovers.

About the Author

Josh Campbell
Josh Campbell has returned to the CKLB News Team. He covered female university soccer and volleyball in New Brunswick, prior to graduating from Loyalist College in Mohawk Territory near Belleville, Ontario in 2007. He's covered politics and Indigenous stories in both the NWT and Yukon over the last 10 years.

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