Wood Buffalo RCMP search for missing boy in a lake – Update 1

Posted on Sep 4, 2018

September 4, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Search efforts continue in Gregoire Lake for the 16 year old boy who went missing on September 1, 2018. From the information police have received, it is believed a drowning occurred after he entered the water while out on a watercraft.

Physical dives were completed in the lake on Sunday and Monday by a volunteer dive team from Camrose, Alberta, called Central Alberta Rescue Dive Society (CARDS). Due to shallow and rough water in the area, sonar and underwater cameras were used, but were limited in what they could provide emergency responders. Physical dives were completed in several locations in the lake.

RCMP helicopter made air patrols on Sunday.

Boat patrols will continue throughout the week.

RCMP would like to thank all agencies, search team members and volunteers who have worked tirelessly in their search efforts, as well as the community for their outpouring of support.

Our thoughts remain with the boy’s family.

Further updates will be provided when more information is available.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405
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BACKGROUND:

September 1, 2018

Gregoire Lake, AB: Wood Buffalo RCMP received a call for help at approximately 1523 hours from a concerned boater regarding a 16 year old boy who was on a small watercraft. The youth was observed falling into the water. The watercraft, that the youth was believed to be on, was later found washed up on shore.

The water is rough at this time, however, the Anzac Fire Department, Wood Buffalo RCMP police officers, RCMP Jet Boat, and Search And Rescue (SAR) are all engaged and working to locate the missing boy. The family has been notified, and the identity of the individual is not being released.

Gregoire Lake is approximately 40 km south east of Fort McMurray, near Highway 881, close to the Gregoire Lake Reserve.

Our sympathies are with family and friends while emergency crews undergo this extensive search to locate the boy. Wood Buffalo Victim Services is also engaged and working to provide support to those in need. If you or someone you know needs support as a result of this incident‎, please contact Victim Services at 780-788-4250.

As the event is in progress, an update will be provided when police have more information. ‎If you have any information to share with police on this matter, please contact the Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4040.

Media Contact:
Corporal Teri-Ann Deobald
Wood Buffalo RCMP-GRC
780-215-1405