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RCMP name travellers missing en route to Łutselk’e

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A search and rescue operation remains in progress for three travellers believed to be en route from Dettah to Łutselk’e.

On Wednesday evening, Yellowknife RCMP named two of the three missing as 65-year-old Samuel Boucher and 23-year-old Cammy Boucher. The third person, RCMP said, was "an unknown male."

"If anyone has any information on their whereabouts, please contact your nearest RCMP detachment," police urged. The names of the travellers were released "in hopes that information from the communities may assist in the search."

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For a second day, an aerial search of the terrain between the two communities turned up nothing.

Police again urged residents not to begin a ground search on their own, as ice conditions are treacherous.

“We continue to advise that, at this time, RCMP have a coordinated search effort under way. We do not want community volunteers to put themselves at risk, despite their good intentions to assist,” said Staff Sergeant Yannick Hamel, Yellowknife RCMP's operations manager, in a statement.

The initial call reporting the travellers missing came on Tuesday evening just before 7:30pm, when RCMP were notified they had not arrived as expected in Łutselk’e, which is located on the East Arm of Great Slave Lake.

The three had departed Dettah on Monday at around 10:30pm, police said earlier, aboard a 1990s-era black Bombardier Skandic two-seater snow machine towing two toboggans.

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Police said the group was equipped with the right equipment for travelling on the land, adding they believe at least one of the three is an experienced traveller.

Police say they will provide updates as more information becomes available.