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Search called off for missing fisherman
Joseph Hart, who went missing in Baker Lake Aug. 24, was not located

Nicole Veerman
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The search for a 51-year-old fisherman who went missing in Baker Lake two weeks ago, was called off Sept. 1.

Const. Ian Allen said the search for Joseph Hart, which turned into a recovery mission the day after he went missing, came to an end at 3:30 p.m. last Thursday.

"Members of the search and rescue group were unable to locate any signs of any persons in the area," he said Friday.

Hart, who was in Baker Lake visiting family, was reported missing by his brother at approximately 9:45 p.m. Aug. 24. The Nova Scotia man was last seen fishing alone off the shore in an area known as the Inukshuk.

Hart's brother reported him missing after observing his ATV sitting in the area, along with his shoes, socks, jacket, satellite phone and helmet. Hart was nowhere to be seen.

On the morning of Aug. 25, hip waders and a fishing rod were found about 50 feet off shore, changing the search from a rescue to a recovery mission.

On Friday, Hart's brother, Allen Hart, said the family is "pretty distraught" and not ready to talk.

More than 100 local volunteers helped in the search for Hart, along with dozens of boats.

A local pilot also lent his services, flying five volunteers over the area. A helicopter was also deployed.

"They were looking for any signs of a body or clothing or anything to indicate that a person is in the area or has been in the area," said Allen. "If there was any hope of any chance of survival, then they would obviously continue."

There were not, however, any signs of Hart.

No foul play is suspected in his disappearance, according to RCMP.

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