Yukon RCMP investigating a presumed drowning at Drury Lake near Faro

Yukon RCMP say a 36-year-old Alberta man is presumed to have drowned after falling through the ice near Faro shortly after midnight on Jan. 29.

According to a police press release, three men had been out snowmobiling on Drury Lake just after nightfall on Jan. 28. The lake is approximately 60 kilometres west of Faro.

Police say two of the three men and their snowmobiles fell through the ice. One man was able to make it out but the other was seen going under water. He did not resurface.

The others went to a residence in Drury Creek and called police.

“Due to the remote location of the incident, poor visibility due to darkness, and unstable ice conditions, it was determined that the search would begin the following morning,” the release says.

Around 11 a.m., aerial and in-water searches of the area were conducted, however the body of the missing man was not located.

Police say searches will continue this week.

The B.C. RCMP underwater recovery team is being brought in to help.

Police are not releasing the missing man’s identity.

“Please exercise extreme caution when travelling on or near Yukon waterways. Not all waterways are frozen. Please avoid travelling after dark or in low visibility conditions; check ice thickness and remain close to the shoreline,” the RCMP warns in the press release.

“Also make sure you have all the appropriate winter survival gear with you, including fire-starting materials, and a communication device – which should be kept on you at all times.”

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Just Posted

Leaders raise expectations for federal election at Yukon Forum

‘We really need to be respectful of the progress that we have made in a short period of time’

New procurement policy set to be up and running this spring

The last major procurement overhaul occurred in 1995, Mostyn said

Yukon hospital workers reach tentative deal to avoid a strike

The proposal will be voted on March 4, the union says

Longtime Yukon lawyer, former federal NDP candidate Melissa Atkinson dead at 45

Atkinson, who served as the territory’s first Indigenous Crown attorney, died the morning of Feb. 14.

WYATT’S WORLD

Wyatt’s World

German rookie wins 2019 Yukon Quest red lantern

Hendrik Stachnau was the last musher to cross the finish line

Hospital workers are prepared to strike

‘They’ve had enough’

Whitehorse mayor calls tax and fee increases reasonable

Council approved the 2019 operations budget

Team Yukon attends pep rally before heading off to Canada Winter Games

The Games are taking place in Red Deer, Alta., from Feb. 15 to March 3.

This year’s Sima Cup medals were delicious

A local bakery provided the prizes

Mushers of all sizes come out for the Babe Southwick Memorial Sled Dog Races

As the leading Yukon Quest mushers were nearing the finish of their… Continue reading

History Hunter: Mining on Dublin Gulch has a long history

A new gold mine is being developed north of Mayo that will… Continue reading

Yukonomist: Yukon carbon tax decisions

With the carbon tax coming into effect on July 1, you now… Continue reading

Most Read