Birch bark canoeist stranded on Bennett Lake

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A German man who built his own birch bark canoe was left stranded on Bennett Lake before being rescued by police on Sunday.

The 42-year-old man had been travelling for two days on Bennett Lake in his homemade craft. On Saturday, a group of boaters noticed a man signalling from shore that he was in distress. They did not help him.

The boaters told Carcross RCMP about the sighting the next day at 11 a.m. The police searched with an inland water craft until they discovered the man on the south shore of Bennett Lake, 20 kilometres from Carcross.

He had ample camping supplies and was not in immediate danger, said an RCMP news release.

His canoe and equipment were brought to Carcross where he will make repairs and continue on his journey, according to the release.

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