Searches produce no sign of missing Baker Lake fisherman

The man headed off alone Aug. 24 wearing hip waders for a day of fishing


A Baker Lake man remains missing after he headed out fishing Aug. 24 outside the community in an area known as the Inuksuk, RCMP said late Aug. 28.

The RCMP first learned about that the man had not returned on Aug. 24 in the evening.

A family member reported that his brother had gone fishing near the Inukshuk.

His brother had last been seen in hip waders, travelling alone on an all-terrain-vehicle, the man told police.

He also said he had seen the ATV by the Inuksuk at about 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 24, along with his brother’s shoes, socks, jacket, helmet, and a satellite phone.

Search and rescue crews have been working “with the available daylight,” since the evening of August 24 in the hopes of locating the fisherman, police said.

The goal of the search has now changed to a recovery effort, police said.

The search involved 37 boats and 100 local volunteers, with a local pilot lending the services of his aircraft to fly five volunteers to do an aerial search over the area. A helicopter with three spotters were also deployed, but these air searches did not see any more signs of the missing man.

The name of the man is being withheld at the request of the family members, police said.

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