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Alberta man presumed drowned near Faro, Yukon

Yukon RCMP say they are investigating a presumed drowning at Drury Lake near Faro on Monday evening.

Yukon RCMP say 2 snowmobilers went through ice on Monday evening, but only 1 made it to safety

Yukon RCMP are reminding people that not all waterways are frozen, after a snowmobiler went through the ice on Drury Lake, west of Faro, on Monday evening. (Submitted by Yukon RCMP)

Yukon RCMP say they are investigating a presumed drowning that happened on a lake outside Faro on Monday evening. 

In a news release, police said three men had been out snowmobiling on Drury Lake, about 60 kilometres west of Faro, just after nightfall on Jan. 28 when two of the men and their snowmobiles fell through the ice. They say one man was able to make it out, and to safety. The other man was seen going under water and did not resurface.

Police say the two men went to a residence in Drury Creek and called for help. Due to the remote location of the incident, darkness and unstable ice conditions, Yukon RCMP's search and rescue co-ordinator decided the search would begin the next morning.

On Tuesday morning, RCMP, Yukon Search and Rescue and ice rescue technicians from the Whitehorse Fire Department carried out a search of the area, however they did not locate the missing man. 

The RCMP have requested the assistance and technical expertise of the B.C. RCMP Underwater Recovery Team in order to conduct further searches and advance the investigation. Recovery operations are expected to take place later this week.

Police say the identity of the missing man will not be released at this time, but they confirm he is a 36-year-old resident of Alberta.

They are reminding the public to use extreme caution when travelling on or near Yukon waterways. They say not all are frozen.