Two boaters were rescued after their vessel capsized on Prosperous Lake Monday morning, the Yellowknife RCMP announced in a press release.
Yellowknife RCMP responded after receiving a report of an overdue boater at around 8:20 a.m. on Monday. It was reported the boaters were due to return last night and did not have any means of communication on board.
RCMP officers with assistance from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans were able to locate the vessel partially submerged in the lake. The boaters were found safe and unhurt after spending the night on shore.
This incident serves as a reminder for the public to be prepared for an emergency on the water. Have a plan, practice water safety and encourage others to do the same.
The Yellowknife RCMP included these tips for boating safety in their release:
- Be familiar with the operation of your vessel and ensure it is in the 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