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Boaters rescued after hitting rock
Coast Guard, RCMP retreive nine people after rock takes out boat's motor

John McFadden
Northern News Services
Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Nine people, including three children, were rescued by RCMP and the Yellowknife Coast Guard Auxiliary last Thursday after their boat became stranded on Wool Bay, just outside Yellowknife Bay.

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Two search and rescue boats with Coast Guard Auxiliary and RCMP members on board head out from the government dock in Old Town Thursday afternoon. They were able to locate nine people, including three children, who had become stranded after their boat hit a rock, disabling its motor. - John McFadden/NNSL photo

According to a new release from the Mounties, the search began after they received a report that a 22-foot boat had hit a rock, disabling the vessel's motor.

"A description of the vessel was provided but its exact location was unknown," stated the RCMP.

"Coast Guard Auxiliary was contacted and (the) Civil Air Search and Rescue Association was notified. An RCMP officer later made contact with the vessel operator who reported that everyone on board was safe and on shore."

The Mounties stated the coordinates were obtained and the location was reached.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary transported the boaters and boat back to Yellowknife safely.

"The incident serves as a reminder for the public to be prepared for an emergency on the water," RCMP stated.

"Have a plan. Practice water safety and encourage others to do the same."

RCMP stated in an e-mail they believed the boaters were from the Yellowknife area. The operator was not cited for any offences.

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