Woman stranded on Lake Laberge for days

Woman stranded on Lake Laberge for days Police are providing few details about the rescue of a 37-year-old woman who was stranded for days in a small, open boat on Lake Laberge. The RCMP received the call at 1 p.m.

Police are providing few details about the rescue of a 37-year-old woman who was stranded for days in a small, open boat on Lake Laberge.

The RCMP received the call at 1 p.m. Monday, and officers who did the rescue returned to the office by 8 p.m., said Sgt. Don Rogers from the Whitehorse detachment. It is unclear how long the rescue actually took.

But when the call was received, a single officer was sent out, said Rogers.

He patrolled by car and on foot.

“It’s a big lake and it’s not a question of just sending the boat out,” said Rogers. “It’s a question of being prepared to be out there properly. Which means putting a boat in service, ensuring that the members who are properly trained operators are available and properly outfitted for whatever circumstances they might come into.

“It’s not just a question of throwing a boat in water. It’s got to be done safely and it’s got to be planned and then we got to make sure we’re going to the right location because if you don’t go to the right location then you’re searching. And that takes time.”

After numerous attempts, the constable was finally able to pinpoint the location.

He tried several ways of reaching the water, said Rogers, eventually taking Policeman’s Point and walking the shoreline.

About 16 kilometres later, he spotted the boat near Shallow Bay.

Further downstream, the river current created an ice pack that trapped the woman’s boat. It was here, with a jet boat, that two RCMP officers were finally able to rescue the woman.

The woman was stranded on the small boat for at least two days, said Rogers. “It may have been three, we’re not sure, but we can confirm it was two days for sure.”

With the exception of warm clothing, the woman was not equipped to be in the open, and the boat had no motor or life jackets, according to an RCMP press release.

The woman was taken to Whitehorse General Hospital and, a short time later, released.

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

XX
WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World for May 14, 2021.… Continue reading

Copies of the revised 2021-22 budget documents tabled in the legislature on May 14. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Liberals introduce new budget with universal dental and safe supply funding

The new items were added to secure the support of the NDP.

Community Services Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters on May 13. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Cap on rent increases will take effect May 15

The rollout of the policy is creating ‘chaos,’ says opposition

Yukon News file
A 21-year-old man is in custody after a stabbing in Porter Creek on May 14.
One man in hospital, another in custody, after alleged stabbing in Porter Creek

A police dog was used to track the suspect who was later arrested in a wooded area.

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

Neil Hartling, the Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon president, left, said the new self-isolation guidelines for the Yukon are a ‘ray of hope’ for tourism operators. (Ian Stewart/Yukon News file)
Yukon tourism operators prepared for ‘very poor summer’ even with relaxed border rules

Toursim industry responds to new guidelines allowing fully vaccinated individuals to skip mandatory self-isolation.

A lawsuit has been filed detailing the resignation of a former Yukon government mine engineer. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A year after resigning, former chief mine engineer sues Yukon government

Paul Christman alleges a hostile work environment and circumvention of his authority led him to quit

Former Liberal MLA Pauline Frost speaks to reporters outside the courthouse on April 19. One of the voters accused of casting an invalid vote has been granted intervenor status in the lawsuit Frost filed last month. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Voters named in Pauline Frost election lawsuit ask to join court proceedings

The judge granted Christopher Schafer intervenor status

Most Read