The RCMP is reminding boaters to bring a communication device when traveling on the water. This comes after three separate search missions were launched in a two-day span for missing boaters.
An RCMP press release says two cases involved boaters failing to show up at an event in Fort Reliance on time. The third case involved an overdue boat that left Łutselk’e for Yellowknife on Aug. 4.
On Aug. 6 and 7 the RCMP and the Civilian Air Search and Rescue Association conducted searches on Great Slave Lake.
One of the parties was discovered waiting out poor weather on an island, another was accounted for when they arrived late to their destination. The third party was found drifting after experiencing a mechanical issue.
No one was injured.
However, none of the parties had emergency communication devices, something the RCMP says is necessary when on the water.
The RCMP encourages boaters to carry a working radio or satellite phone, as well as ensure details of the trip are shared with someone.
Navigation equipment as well as backup food, equipment and clothes are also strongly recommended.