An RCMP release regarding a tipped canoe last week has resulted in some sad news being confirmed. After reports of a missing canoer at Helene Lake last week, Saskatchewan RCMP confirmed the news of a water tragedy on Sunday afternoon.

Multiple emergency crews were called into action after Turtleford/Glaslyn RCMP received a report of a missing canoer at approximately 9:30 PM last Wednesday. Initial investigation determined that the canoe had tipped at a nearby boat launch on Helene Lake, leading to a teen boy falling into the water and failing to resurface.

Over the following days the Unity RCMP were called to assist with the investigation, along with Glaslyn Fire and Rescue for some localized assistance. Those crews joined an increased number of first-responders working together at Helene Lake throughout the week, including specialized units in the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, and Underwater Recovery Team.

The underwater team eventually located the body, confirming the news on Sunday at 1:45 PM.

"On July 5, 2024 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the canoer that went missing on Helene Lake was located deceased by Saskatchewan RCMP’s Underwater Recovery Team in the water near the area where he was last seen." stated the release, confirming the boy's family was notified, and that thoughts are with them at this difficult time. 

Helene Lake is located about 200 KM northeast of Unity.