Boaters safe after vessel sinks in Great Slave Lake’s East Arm

Utsingi Point on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.
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Yellowknife RCMP say there were no injuries after a vessel sank on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake early Wednesday morning. 

After receiving a distress call around 4:31am, the Canadian Coast Guard was deployed along with a search and rescue member of the RCMP.

Boaters from the sinking boat were transported to nearby vessels and then returned safely to Yellowknife.

The occupants called police using a satellite phone after the vessel ran into rough water conditions.

In response to the incident, RCMP have issued the following boat safety tips:

  • Be familiar with the operation of your vessel and ensure it is in proper working condition prior to heading out on the water
  • Carry extra fuel
  • Have a spare battery or a means to recharge your boat battery and a backup motor
  • Have everyone wear a lifejacket or personal floatation device
  • Familiarize yourself with the area you will be travelling, learn about local hazards
  • Familiarize yourself with marine navigation
  • Check the marine forecast before heading out and monitor the weather for changes
  • Ensure that you have the appropriate, required safety equipment for your vessel: a bailer, paddles, a whistle or horn, and a throw rope
  • Carry a satellite phone, marine radio, or other means of communication
  • Inform someone of your travel plans, where you are going, and when you plan to return
  • Carry emergency supplies and learn survival skills
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