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Officials searching for missing boater
Chandra Lye, CTV Edmonton
Published Saturday, August 31, 2013 11:15AM MDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 31, 2013 6:31PM MDT
Officials have been searching for a missing man after a boat overturned in Lac la Biche Lake Friday.
RCMP said they responded to the call around 8:30 p.m. from a 62-year-old man who had managed to swim to shore.
On Saturday, crews spent about 10 hours searching by water and air for the second person on the vessel, 69-year-old Donald Stratton, who was not wearing a life jacket.
Police told CTV News the two men were removing commercial fishing nets when Stratton fell overboard.
“He ended up falling out after a wave hit the boat and then the boat subsequently began to take on water,” Const. Chris Clark explained.
According to authorities the weather in the area was poor due to wind gusts.
The boat and the fishing net were recovered on Saturday, Const. Clark said.
Officers said neither man had been wearing a life jacket.
The 62-year-old man was taken to hospital but later released.
RCMP have been assisted by Lac la Biche Fish and Wildlife, Alberta Parks Officers, Little Divide Search and Rescue and the Lac la Biche Fire Department.
Although the search was suspended for Saturday, crews will return on Sunday with sonar devices and divers.
Lac la Biche is located about two and a half hours northeast of Edmonton.
With files from Nicole Weisberg