Man located safe after failing to return from snowmobile ride

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A 76-year-old man, reported missing Sunday afternoon in Labrador after being overdue from a snowmobile ride, was located safe a few hours later.


The man’s snowmobile had broken down in the bush and he was forced to walk some distance before making his way out of the bush.

Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP said the man and his spouse had travelled to their cabin near Grand Lake outside of Goose Bay to spend the afternoon.

Around noon, the man left the cabin on snowmobile intending to be gone for an hour. When he failed to return within a couple of hours, his spouse began to walk the 11 kilometers to the highway to their vehicle to call for assistance.

The spouse was picked up by a passing snowmobiler and she was able to contact RCMP at about 5 p.m. The RCMP was advised that the man, who had a history of heart problems, was very reliable and it was unlike him to not return as planned.

Due to the lateness of the day, a helicopter was utilized to do an aerial search while ground search and rescue prepared to conduct a search of the area by snowmobile.

Around 6:55 p.m., as the helicopter was arriving in the area, the man walked out of the bush.

He was in good health and reported that he had experienced a mechanical failure.

"I want to thank the Happy Valley-Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue group for their quick mobilization and their willingness to volunteer their time in order to serve their community,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Don Rogers said.

The RCMP is reminding outdoor enthusiasts to file a trip plan whenever possible. With the spring thaw, the RCMP says everyone should take caution when travelling over water and ice, and to wear the proper safety equipment.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Happy Valley, Grand Lake, Goose Bay

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