Woman rescued, husband dead after missing 8 days in Saskatchewan wilderness

Kinosaskaw Lake, Sask.
(Google Maps screenshot)

Kinosaskaw Lake, Sask. (Google Maps screenshot)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:49 PM ET

A 62-year-old woman was rescued and her husband found dead after they had been missing for eight days in the northern Saskatchewan wilderness while on a canoe trip.

RCMP said a float plane pilot on a fishing trip spotted an overturned canoe and a man's body floating near the Needle Falls rapids in Kinosaskaw Lake, 45 kilometres northeast of Pinehouse, Sask., about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The RCMP went to the scene in a chartered plane and enlisted help from Civil Air Search and Rescue Association to look for the missing woman.

The body was that of a 66-year-old man from Prince Albert, Sask., who, along with his wife, had failed to report to his family using a Satellite Messenger tracking device eight days ago.

Shortly after, the dead man's wife was spotted on shore at the mouth of the rapids by a campfire and waving her arms at the search plane.

She was rescued by two RCMP officers who arrived in a float plane at 7:30 p.m. and taken to hospital, where she was treated and released.

"She was in good health with no injuries," RCMP said. "She had spent eight days in the wilderness, relying on her outdoor experience and survival skills after their canoe had capsized on a set of rapids."

Police are not releasing their names.

 


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