Search for missing hunters in Northern Quebec continues after 1 found dead
Three members of a hunting expedition who left Waskaganish, Que. on Oct. 17, still missing
Search and rescue teams are still looking for three missing hunters in the Waskaganish, Que. area after one member of their party was found dead on the shores of Rupert Bay Thursday.
An aerial search crew located the first man, who has been identified as 48-year-old Patrick Salt.
The Eeyou Eenou Police Force have been working to recover the missing men, identified as Kenneth Salt, 67, Matthew Diamond, 43, and Gabriel Shecapio, 30.
Police said the four hunters were headed for a camp on Octave River, which requires a 17-kilometre crossing of Rupert Bay.
While the hunters' boat has not been found, police say debris — ''such as bags and coolers'' — was found.
Royal Canadian Air Force spokesperson David Lavallee said four aircrafts were dispatched to help survey the area.
Meanwhile the Cree Nation of Waskaganish is accepting food and donations for the search crews.
Small community in grieving
Waskaganish resident Paula Moar says the entire community of 2,300 people is in shock.
''We are one large family. When one family faces tragedy like this we feel the pain, sadness,'' she told CBC.
A candlelight vigil was organized on Friday to show support to the families and the searchers.
''Many of us sit by the banks looking out at the bay, in hopes of finding the other three men,'' said Moar.