Aklavik boaters found safe after 4 days on the Mackenzie

Angus Edwards, 30, and Walter Malegana, 63, of Aklavik, N.W.T., have been found. The pair went missing Tuesday while travelling to Inuvik by boat.

Angis Edwards and Walter Malegana were found Saturday north of Point Separation

A Canadian Forces Hercules C-130 from Winnipeg takes off from Inuvik's airport Thursday evening to help in a search for two missing boaters from Aklavik, N.W.T. (David Thurton/CBC)

Two missing boaters are safe after being lost for four days in the Mackenzie Delta.

Angus Edwards, 30, and Walter Malegana, 63, left Aklavik, N.W.T., last Tuesday in a 16-foot blue Lund fishing boat.

Friends reported them overdue five hours later when they failed to arrive in Inuvik, and a full scale search began later in the week. 

Clifford Vaneltsi was one of the civilian searchers who went out to look for the men.

He found them on Saturday about a half hour north of Point Separation on the Mackenzie River. 

"They were in the bush under a tarp there keeping themselves warm and their boat was swamped from the waves," he says.

"Their motor wasn't underwater... we just kind of slowed down and I guess they heard us and they just came running out of the bush and waved at us." 

Vaneltsi says the men were in good condition when he found them.

He doesn't know what caused them to become stranded.

The search involved spotters aboard a Canadian Forces C-130 Hercules aircraft and members of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association.

Local search and rescue volunteers searched the Mackenzie River delta by boat. They were joined by the RCMP, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary and Parks Canada.

The Canadian Forces, RCMP, and Civil Air Search and Rescue Association or CASARA helped conduct aerial searches.