Air search and rescue continue to scan for missing snowmobilers

Search and Rescue in NWT.
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The Yellowknife RCMP say there is no active search for two missing snowmobilers, however air rescuers continue to scan the area where the body of Sam Boucher was found.

Police began a search for three travellers who left Dettah en route to Lutsel K’e on the morning of May 13th aboard a black Bombardier Scandic snowmobile. Due to melting ice on the surface of Great Slave Lake, the search was restricted to the air and ranged from Yellowknife to Fort Resolution to Lutsel K’e.

On May 17th the body of one of the travellers, 65-year-old Samuel Boucher, was spotted and later retrieved. Cammy Boucher, 23, and a man police believe to be Jake Gully, 28, are still missing.

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The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) conducted air surveillance of an area of interest, where Boucher’s body was found, on May 24th and 30th. Police say they believe the two missing people may have gone through the ice in this area.

“Both air patrols reported no sighting of additional debris or the missing persons,” an RCMP update May 31st stated.

RCMP warn people to stay off the ice and water across Great Slave Lake, as conditions are volatile. “Conditions are too treacherous for anyone to venture on the ice or water,” Staff Sgt. Yannick Hamel of the Yellowknife RCMP states.

Police say the plan is to continue air surveillance of the ‘area of interest’ and to keep in contact with the families of Boucher and Gully.

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