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