Search effort scaled back for missing students who plunged over Muskrat Falls

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Searchers say recovery mission will resume once water levels drop

Muskrat Falls on Labrador's Churchill River. Photo by Transcontinental Media

The search for three young men, ages 18 to 19, who plunged over Muskrat Falls on Labrador's Churchill River last Tuesday evening has been scaled back.
The RCMP says all areas that can be searched have been searched, and a recovery mission will resume once water levels drop.
RCMP Const. Cara Ludtke said the decision was made following Saturday's efforts that once again involved ground and water support from GSART, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Department of Natural Resources, the Canadian Rangers, as well as numerous community volunteers. Air support was provided by Fire and Emergency Services helicopter, the RCMP airplane, along with support being offered from Provincial and Air Labrador Airlines.
No bodies have been recovered to date, however, a matching pair of running shoes were recovered and confirmed as belonging to one of the missing persons. Three small portions of the 18-foot aluminum boat believed used on Tuesday evening were also recovered.
The search to date has included the river and beach portion of the area in question, as well as a search into the immediate wooded area away from the shoreline, with negative results.
A RCMP news release notes a plan is already in place with GSART and other resources to resume the recovery mission once the water levels drop in the river. If any other possibilities come to light before the river water levels recede, they said the recovery mission will be resumed immediately.
The three victims were students from the College of the North Atlantic in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. One of the three men was from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, one was from Cartwright and the third was from Charlottetown, in Labrador.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor Leo Abbass has said people are coping as best they can and are offering support the families and friends of the victims.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, RCMP, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Department of Natural Resources Fire and Emergency Services Air Labrador Airlines

Geographic location: Muskrat Falls, Churchill River, Happy Valley Goose Bay Cartwright Charlottetown Labrador

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