Manitoba

Body of last missing boater found in Manitoba

Searchers in northern Manitoba have found the body of the last of three young boaters who went missing after a boating accident last week.
The three missing boaters were part of a group of four that set out from Garden Hill First Nation to Wasagamack First Nation on Nov. 4, but never made it. The body of Kurt Keno, left, was the last to be found. (Facebook)
Volunteers gather at the search area on the Island Lake River, where the three boaters' bodies have been found. (Submitted by Mark Barkman)

Searchers in northern Manitoba have found the body of the last of three young boaters who went missing after a boating accident last week.

The body of Kurt Keno, 21, was recovered from the Island Lake River on Tuesday, said David Harper, grand chief of the northern First Nations organization Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).

Island Lake RCMP said a volunteer searcher from St. Theresa Point located the body at about 1:30 p.m. CT.

Keno was in a group of four that tried to cross the Island Lake River in a boat from Garden Hill First Nation to Wasagamack First Nation on Nov. 4.

The boat became stuck in rapids on the river, and after spending a night and most of the next day aboard, they decided to jump into the frigid waters and swim to shore.

Patrick Day, 21, was the only one who made it. He spent two days and nights on the snowy shore, in a makeshift shelter without fire, food, shoes or dry clothes before he was rescued on Nov. 8.

"I was on the rocks, standing, and I saw them waving their hands and they were screaming," Day told CBC News last Friday, as he returned to the area to join the search for his missing friends.

The empty, missing boat was spotted stuck in rapids at Pelican Rapids, about a 45-minute boat ride north of Garden Hill.

The bodies of Shayene Keno and Jordan Day, both 15, were recovered from the river on Sunday and Saturday, respectively.

Garden Hill and Wasagamack are both situated on Island Lake, about 600 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg.

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