4 fishermen OK after cold night stranded on lake
Four men are safe and sound after they were reported missing on a northern lake in frigid weather, RCMP say.
The men, all in their thirties, went ice fishing in the Deschambault Lake area and did not return home at their expected time. Worried relatives notified RCMP that the men were overdue late Friday night.
Officers began a search, based on information from relatives, that lasted the entire night and into the next morning.
The temperature in the area was below -30 and there was wind chill.
With the arrival of daylight Saturday, additional resources were available to search Deschambault Lake and the men were finally found around 11 a.m. CST, about 6.5 kilometres from shore. The group was safely back on shore a short time later.
RCMP said the men's truck was stuck, due to snow and ice.
The four stayed with the truck for what turned out to be a very chilly night. No one was injured.
RCMP noted community members assisted in the search. They also issued a reminder to people to take precautions when venturing out, for any reason, in winter weather.
Their tips include:
- Tell someone where you are going and your expected arrival or return home.
- Take extra supplies.
- Dress appropriately.
- Be aware of changing weather conditions.