Former Innu Nation Grand Chief Joseph Riche. — File photo
RCMP have confirmed the recovery of the body of a missing man from a lake in Labrador.
The RCMP and ground search and rescue personnel recovered the body at approximately 12:40 p.m. Thursday in the Park Lake area.
While police have not released the name of the deceased, a member of the Innu Nation confirmed to TC Media’s The Labradorian that former Innu Nation Grand Chief Joseph Riche went missing Wednesday night at Park Lake after his boat or canoe overturned.
Police say arrangements are being made to have the recovered body flown to Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
A member of the Innu Nation has confirmed that former Innu Nation Grand Chief Joseph Riche went missing Wednesday evening at Park Lake, in Labrador, when his boat or canoe capsized. The fear within the community is that Riche has drowned.
According to the Innu Nation member, the RCMP has said that the search and rescue mission has become an “extraction” mission. The Innu Nation member says that a team of divers is expected at some point later.
Meantime, the RCMP at Happy Valley-Goose Bay issued a news release about noon today saying a search is underway for a missing person in the Park Lake area, 80 kilometres south east of Goose Bay. The call for assistance was received about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
Four men were hunting in the area and one of the men went into the water after his canoe overturned.
The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre was contacted. Searches of the area Wednesday night were unsuccessful in locating the missing person.
A representative from the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax has confirmed that a survivor of the capsized canoe at Park Lake was medevaced due to diabetic issues early this morning.
While en route to the area, a SAR crew on a Cormorant helicopter from 103 Rescue Squadron in Gander was advised someone was suffering complications from diabetic problems. The survivor was transported to an awaiting ambulance in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Meantime, the RCMP and the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue team are in the area and focusing their efforts on the recovery of the missing person.
A helicopter from the province's Fire and Emergency Services is also on scene assisting in the operation.