Trio Rescued from Capsized Floatplane on Manitoba Lake

Trio Rescued from Capsized Floatplane on Manitoba Lake

An overdue floatplane was found upside down in Bushey Lake northeast of Bissett, Manitoba on Saturday, May 23, 2015. (RCMP HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Three people suffered mild hypothermia last weekend when the floatplane they were in tipped upside down.

RCMP received a call on May 23 at around 9:30 p.m. for the overdue aircraft on the remote lakes northeast of Bissett, Manitoba. The three males were to return to Lac du Bonnet by 6 p.m. after venturing out at around 8 a.m.

Manitoba Conservation was called in, along with CFB Trenton, to begin a search of the area. A Hercules air search found the plane at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday in Bushey Lake northeast of Bissett.

The three people aboard were now on the shore hovering around a small camp fire. The Hercules hovered over the location until around 9 a.m., when a plane from Bluewater Aviation was able to make a rescue.

The trio was flown back to Bissett where a Manitoba Conservation officer safely picked them up.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada and Air Traffic Control are currently investigating.


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