RCMP are searching for a 56-year-old man reported missing after swimming near the Fort Providence winter crossing at 7pm on Sunday.
The man, who has not been publicly identified, is missing and presumed drowned, police said. According to RCMP, he was “stuck in the strong current of the river and was believed to be drawn away into faster water.”
“He remained in sight for a short period, however there has been no further confirmed sightings,” police said on Monday afternoon.
Police described the man as Indigenous and last seen wearing a pink long-sleeved shirt with blue shorts. Local reports that the man’s body had been recovered since publication of the RCMP’s news release were awaiting confirmation from police or community leaders.
The NWT’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources, RCMP, and community members with boats have searched the immediate area. Helicopters have conducted an aerial search.
The initial search ended at 1:30am on Monday morning due to darkness.
The man’s disappearance was first reported by CKLB.
Fort Simpson’s RCMP detachment, farther down the Mackenzie River, has been advised of the man’s disappearance, police said. The NWT’s Marine Transportation Services division has been asked to watch for him during its operations.
Anyone with information can contact the Fort Providence RCMP detachment at (867) 699-1111.