Military, Coast Guard look for four overdue fishermen on Great Slave Lake near Hay River

Great Slave Lake photo courtesy of RCMP

A search operation is underway after four commercial fishermen were reported overdue in Hay River.

According to an RCMP news release, issued over the noon hour Monday, Mounties in Hay River received a report just after 4:00 am Monday that the men were believed to have been travelling by boat on the lake.

The group had left the commercial dock in Hay River early Sunday and were to travel to Sulphur Point on the lake’s south shore to check fishing nets, police stated.

Police say the group was scheduled to be back before dark on Sunday.

The Canadian Military’s Joint Rescue Command Center, based at CFB Trenton, Ontario and 440 Squadron (Yellowknife) have arranged for air assets to be deployed in the area in an effort to locate the overdue party.

A Canadian Coast Guard vessel is also supporting the search, police say.

“As the current weather conditions are calling for strong winds on the lake, RCMP is urging community volunteers to not put themselves at risk, despite their good intentions to assist.”

Anyone with information on the overdue fishermen is asked to call Hay River RCMP at 874-1111.

Police say updates will be provided as information becomes available.

The names of the fishermen have not been released.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.