RCMP have given an update on their efforts in the ongoing search for two missing snowmobilers. Sam Boucher, Cammy Boucher and Jake Gully all went missing after leaving for a snowmobile trip on May 13th. Later that month, the body of Sam Boucher was found in an area of Great Slave Lake, where it was believed that the travellers went through the ice.
Now in August, RCMP has shared that the search for the remaining two snowmobilers has continued on. RCMP has brought in some assistance from “partner agencies”, including The Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. According to RCMP, CASRA has provided aerial updated on the area of interest where the body of Sam Boucher was found. Earlier in the year, they provided updated weather and ice conditions after patrols near the area. They also flew specific patrols to further search the area for any sign of the travellers.
After receiving information from community members from Lutlsel’ke on a potential site of interest, two RCMP members travelled on board F.P.V. Reliance and CCGA Diavik Discovery vessels on a patrol to the East Arm of Great Slave Lake. From July 13th-15th, patrols were made n an area known to RCMP where Sam Boucher was recovered, and a site which community members of Lutsel’ke believed to be of interest, between Etthen Island and Blanchet Island. Sonar and Remote Operated Vehicles were used to search the bottom of the lake.
RCMP have stated that no new evidence has been found at this time in the search for the remaining two missing snowmobilers.