One man is confirmed drowned and police and search and rescue crews continue to look for two other missing boaters near the north basin of Lake Winnipeg.

The RCMP says that on June 28, 2024, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Grand Rapids RCMP responded to a report of missing boaters on Little Moose Lake near Grand Rapids.

The three adult males, aged 28, 29, and 31, from Misipawistik Cree Nation, travelled by boat to the north basin of Lake Winnipeg to hunt moose. They were returning to the community but did not show up at their meeting place, and have not had contact with anyone.

A map showing the location of Little Moose Lake on the northern basin of Lake Winnipeg. It shows Winnipeg 350 kilometres to the southThe hunters set out from Little Moose Lake and into the north basin of Lake Winnipeg, approximately 350 kilometres north of Winnipeg. (Google Maps)

A number of resources were deployed to the area including several Search and Rescue groups and the RCMP Underwater Recovery Team.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre assisted by searching the area by air. A number of items belonging to the missing boaters were found along the shoreline.  A helicopter was also used in the search.

On June 29, 2024, the body of the 31-year-old male was located in the water by Easterville Search and Rescue.

Grand Rapids RCMP continue to search along with assistance from local fishermen and Search and Rescue from Easterville and The Pas.