la ronge, saskLittle Philion Lake is about 100 kilometres southwest of La Ronge, Sask.

A man is dead following a violent storm in northern Saskatchewan during which a tree fell on his tent, RCMP say.

The man, 19, was with his family, tending to a trap line near Little Philion Lake, about 115 kilometres northwest of Waskesiu Lake in Saskatchewan's north.

"They were sleeping in tents," RCMP said in a news release issued Monday night.

They said that about 4:30 a.m. CT, a heavy storm tore through the area. "The family managed to make it to their truck for protection from the hail and falling trees," police said.

"Everyone made it to the truck except for a 19-year-old male. When the family went to look for the young male, they found him in his tent and had been struck by a large tree, which had also hit their truck."

Trapped by storm

Police said the family tried desperately to get to help, but they were trapped by fallen trees blocking the way and could not get out using the road.

Finally, one member of the family, using an ATV and partially on foot, was able to reach a highway about five kilometres away and flagged down a passing vehicle.

Police were called about 10 a.m. Monday, but emergency crews also had a difficult time reaching the victim because of debris from the storm.

Float plane goes in

"A float plane was utilized from La Ronge which brought the fire department and EMS members with appropriate supplies and equipment," police said, adding the plane landed on Little Philion Lake.

It was too late, however.

"The deceased had died prior to the float plane arriving," police said. "There is no cell or radio service in the area, which made communication very difficult for all involved."

Police said the dead man and several family members were flown to La Ronge.

The identity of the deceased has not been released.