One man dead after boat crashes into sandbar on Athabasca

One man is dead and another injured after the boat they were riding in hit a sandbar on the Athabasca River 140 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

One man is dead and another injured after the boat they were riding in hit a sandbar on the Athabasca River 140 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

Wood Buffalo RCMP were called to the site of the crash around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Because of the remote location, regional emergency services and search and rescue crews were assisted by military and RCMP helicopters

Police say one of the boat’s occupants, a 45-year-old man,  was thrown out of the boat when it hit the sandbar. He was later pronounced dead.

The second man, 59, was taken to a Fort McMurray hospital where he is being treated for non life-threatening  injuries.

Both men are from Fort McMurray.

Police say their investigation is still ongoing, but do not believe alcohol or foul play were factors in the crash.

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