WINNIPEG — Searchers in the air and on the water are looking for four boaters who are missing on Lake Winnipeg’s north basin after leaving about noon Thursday from Poplar River on a four-hour trip to Norway House, Poplar River RCMP said Friday.
Aboard the boat are three adults, including two men and a woman and an eight-year-old child. RCMP in Poplar River were notified about 11 p.m. Thursday that the group was missing.
One of the boaters has been identified as Kevin Hudson, said Tim Mitchell, Hudson’s cousin and the Poplar River band constable.
Hudson was in the boat with his girlfriend, another man from Poplar River and an eight-year-old boy who was in Poplar River visiting his father, Mitchell said.
The eight-year-old is not related to anyone on board and was catching a ride to Norway House, Hudson said.
Mitchell said they were heading to Norway House for the Treaty and York Boat Days festival held this week.
A Royal Canadian Air Force Hercules Search and Rescue aircraft crew from 17 Wing Winnipeg was on the scene at 4 a.m. Friday. A helicopter has also been requested to help in the search.
RCMP, Coast Guard and area residents are searching the area by boat today.
Mitchell said the lake is windy right now, which makes the search difficult.
“It’s kind of windy right now and the weather is not too good. There are two boats that went out northbound to Norway House (to search),” he said.
“Everybody’s concerned right now.”
Mitchell said Friday evening that RCMP asked residents to hold off their own search as the Hercules tries to find the boaters.
Band Coun. Fred Mitchell said RCMP were to meet with Acting Chief Guy Douglas and other band councillors Friday night to discuss the search.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 4, 2012