Thunder Bay OPP officers are getting extra help as they continue to search for a 56-year-old man who went missing in the Kaministiquia River on the weekend.

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The OPP marine unit has been searching the Kaministiquia River for a 56-year-old man who went missing while boating on the weekend. (Yvon Theriault/Radio-Canada)

The Ministry of Natural Resources has provided air support by supplying a helicopter and pilot to assist in conducting an aerial search of the river, and a second team of OPP divers from the Underwater Search and Rescue Unit are en route.

OPP were contacted on Saturday afternoon and emergency response and marine unit officers began searching the area after the man was reported missing.

Police said the man went out in his boat in the very early hours of Saturday morning in the area around Forbes River Road and Silver Falls Road, but did not return to his camp.

"The family of the missing man located the boat in the Kakabeka Falls area on Sunday evening," Cst. Diana Cole said. 

Divers from the OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit arrived Sunday night and started diving Monday morning.

Ontario Power Generation reportedly reduced its flow rate from power dams on the Kaministiquia River for about seven hours on Tuesday to assist the OPP with their efforts in locating the missing boater.

The reduction was expected to help the Underwater Search and Recovery Unit members in their efforts to find the missing boater.