Stranded Boater Found After Search and Rescue Mission

RCMP Crest LogoA boater who became stranded near Poplar River was rescued and returned home safely on Monday.

RCMP received a report of the overdue boater on Sunday, who was last seen departing Matheson Island by boat to Poplar River on Saturday afternoon.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton enlisted the help of a CC-130 Hercules from 17 Wing Winnipeg to begin a search for the missing 35-year-old Poplar River man.

A radio and survival bundles with food, water, a portable cooking stove and a shelter were dropped to the man by plane after he was found by his distress signal.

Two search and rescue technicians parachuted to the site as night approached and the potential for hypothermia increased. They stayed overnight with the boater until the following morning.

Poplar River RCMP chartered a helicopter that was able to extract the boater, along with the SAR technicians from the shoreline about 35 kilometres south of Poplar River.

The boater did not require any medical attention.