Two fathers and their two sons died Monday after their canoe capsized on the Burntwood River north of Thompson, Manitoba.
RCMP were alerted of the overdue canoeists and began a search operation with the help of other boaters in the area, as well as a helicopter.
Police found the boat and the four paddlers deceased in the water.
Family on social media identified the victims as Conor Sykes, 33, and his six-year-old son, Liam, and Shane Cripps, 44, and his 14-year-old son, Dylan.
The male victims — all residents of Thompson — were all wearing lifejackets.
“This is the worst result imaginable,” said Sergeant Ben Sewell of the Thompson RCMP.
“Thank you to everyone involved in the search. This is a devastating accident that has left the community of Thompson in mourning.”
The Burntwood River flows through the city of Thompson about 740 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
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