File photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff Late Sunday afternoon boaters used this dock at Sunbreaker Cove on Sylvan Lake to launch their boat. A short time later the boat capsized. Tuesday afternoon searchers were still looking for the 43-year-old missing man.

Police say missing man on Sylvan Lake is a recovery mission

Man presumed dead in a boating accident

Police say a search-and-rescue mission for the boater who went missing on Sylvan Lake four days ago is now a recovery mission.

RCMP Cpl. Laurel Scott confirmed Wednesday afternoon that crews are looking to recover the body of a 43-year-old boater who went missing after a storm hit Sunday afternoon and capsized the boat.

Sylvan Lake RCMP, Sylvan Lake Fire Department, Red Deer County and Alberta Parks conservation officers have been involved in the search for the man since Sunday. The boat had four people aboard, including a 10-year-old child.

The boat overturned in a storm near Sunbreaker Cove, and all four occupants were thrown from the boat. Three of the four occupants were able to stay with the boat, with the assistance of their personal flotation devices. They managed to swim ashore, the RCMP stated in a press release.

The male was last seen in the water and may have been injured when the boast capsized.

Search-and-rescue efforts were suspended briefly Monday due to the weather.

The names of the those involved in the incident will not be released by the RCMP.

mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com


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