UPDATE: Body recovered from Labrador lake

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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.


(Earlier story)

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.






Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Park Lake, Labrador

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Recent comments

  • Paul Snow
    May 09, 2013 - 14:14

    I did not know Joseph Riche personally but did see him represent his people at several conferences and events I attended. What I took away every single time I saw him was just how much he cared about his people and Labrador. This is indeed a huge loss for everyone in Newfoundland and Labrador. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

  • ken jararuse
    May 09, 2013 - 14:03

    My condolence goes to family and friends of Mr. Joseph Riche. Where is the Goose Bay SAR aircrafts if they had to get SAR from Gander when Goose is right there?

  • Danny
    May 09, 2013 - 13:53

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Innu of Labrador... RIP Joseph, you will be sorely missed.

  • Dave Hervieux
    May 09, 2013 - 12:17

    Am Quebec ! This is so sad's today am praying for them family's .

  • Danny
    May 09, 2013 - 10:47

    This is such sad news... I pray for a positive outcome.