A Search and Rescue operation is underway on Great Slave Lake to locate four overdue commercial fishermen.
At approximately 4:10 a.m., on Monday, September 30, the Hay River RCMP received a report of overdue fishermen that were believed to be travelling by boat on Great Slave Lake.
The group of four men left the commercial dock in Hay River early on Sunday, September 29, to travel to Sulphur Point, on the south shore of Great Slave Lake, to check fishing nets.
The group was scheduled to be back before night time on Sunday, September 29.
Joint Rescue Command Center (Trenton) and 440 Squadron (Yellowknife) have arranged for air assets to be deployed in the area in an effort to locate the overdue party. A Canadian Coast Guard vessel is also supporting the search.
As the current weather conditions are calling for strong winds on the lake, RCMP is urging community volunteers to not put themselves at risk, despite their good intentions to assist.
Anyone with information on the overdue fishermen is asked to call Hay River RCMP at 874-1111.
Updates will be provided as information becomes available.