Whitehorse man dies beneath ATV

A Whitehorse man was found dead on Wednesday evening, pinned beneath his ATV. The 43-year-old was driving alone at Frenchman Lake near Carmacks when…

A Whitehorse man was found dead on Wednesday evening, pinned beneath his ATV.

The 43-year-old was driving alone at Frenchman Lake near Carmacks when he apparently lost control and rolled down a 15-metre embankment into the lake.

Police found him three and a half hours later trapped under water by the machine.

An emergency locator beacon, which the driver was able to activate, alerted police to a problem.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Center in Victoria, BC, received the distress call at 4:01 p.m.

Whitehorse RCMP received the notification 11 minutes later and the information was then passed on to the Carmacks detachment.

The victim was found at 7:28 p.m.

“It was initially reported that they were at Tatchun Lake, because that’s where the group was camping,” said Cpl. Wayne Gork with the Carmacks RCMP.

“But the GPS was pretty accurate.”

Officers rode two ATVs and were aided by the local Wildland Fire Management personnel, said Gork.

“Most of their employees have lived here all their lives and are very familiar with the trail systems.”

The man was found at the bottom of a steep embankment that borders the lake. A trail runs along the top.

Police can’t be sure exactly what happened, but the death is not being treated as suspicious, said Gork

“Possibly he just got too close to the edge and it started to roll on him, I don’t know.”

 “I have to tell yeah, he was totally outfitted the way you should be — he had a helmet, proper boots, pants, a good jacket…,” Gork added.

“But it might be a good idea to consider taking a buddy with you, which is kinda nice if you get into trouble in the isolated area.”

Gork, an ATV safety instructor, urged anyone that owns an ATV to take the Canada safety council riders course.

“You learn a lot, you really, really do. I can’t say enough good things about it.”

Just Posted

Whether the dust jacket of this historical novel is the Canadian version (left) or the American (right), the readable content within is the same. (Michael Gates)
History Hunter: New novel a gripping account of the gold rush

Stampede: Gold Fever and Disaster in the Klondike is an ‘enjoyable and readable’ account of history

Yukonomist Keith Halliday
Yukonomist: Your furnace and your truck need to go

Perhaps the biggest commitment in the NDP deal with the Liberals was boosting the Yukon’s climate target

Awaken Festival organizers Meredith Pritchard, Colin Wolf, Martin Nishikawa inside the Old Firehall in Whitehorse on May 11. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Performing arts fest plans to awaken artistic talent in Whitehorse and the rural North

‘A value of ours is to make theatre as accessible as possible.’

April Mikkelsen tosses a disc during a ladies only disc golf tournament at Solstice DiscGolfPark on May 8. John Tonin/Yukon News
Yukon sees its first-ever women’s disc golf tournament

The Professional Disc Golf Assocation had a global women’s event last weekend. In the Yukon, a women’s only tournament was held for the first time ever.

Dave Blottner, executive director at the Whitehorse Food Bank, said the food bank upped its services because of the pandemic. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Food Bank sees Yukoners’ generosity firsthand

“Businesses didn’t know if they could stay open but they were calling us to make sure we were able to stay open.”

A prescribed burn is seen from the lookout at Range Road and Whistle Bend Way in Whitehorse May 12. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Editorial: Are you ready for a forest fire?

Citizens for a Firesmart Whitehorse have listed some steps for Yukoners to boost safety and awareness

Caribou pass through the Dempster Highway area in their annual migration. A recent decision by the privacy commissioner has recommended the release of some caribou collar re-location data. (Justin Kennedy/Yukon News)
Privacy commissioner recommends release of caribou location data

Department of Environment says consultation with its partners needed before it will consider release

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Brendan Hanley. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Family pleased youth will be able to get Pfizer vaccine

Angela Drainville, mother of two, is anxious for a rollout plan to come forward

Safe at home office in Whitehorse on May 10, 2021. (John Tonin/Yukon News)
Federal government provides $1.6 million for Yukon anti-homelessness work

Projects including five mobile homes for small communities received funding.

Drilling at Northern Tiger’s 3Ace gold project in 2011. Randi Newton argues that mining in the territory can be reshaped. (Yukon government/file)
Editorial: There’s momentum for mining reform

CPAWS’ Randi Newton argues that the territory’s mining legislations need a substantial overhaul

At its May 10 meeting, Whitehorse city council approved the subdivision for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation’s business park planned in Marwell. (Submitted)
KDFN business park subdivision approved

Will mean more commercial industrial land available in Whitehorse

Main Street in Whitehorse on May 4. Whitehorse city council has passed the first two readings of a bylaw to allow pop-up patios in city parking spaces. Third reading will come forward later in May. (Stephanie Waddell/Yukon News)
Whitehorse council pursuing restaurant patio possibilities

Council passes first two readings for new patio bylaw

Most Read