A 13-year-old boy was reunited with his relatives Saturday after being stranded for 48 hours near Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada, according to the Canadian Press.
The boy and his mother, sister, grandfather and a man identified only as a distant male relative were out last Thursday on their 18-foot aluminum fishing boat in the Mackenzie Delta when the family encountered rough water. Authorities said the boat was swamped and left the crew drifting in the water, according to the report.
When the family didn’t return that night, relatives in Inuvik contacted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RMCP), which sent out 20 people in 10 boats to comb the area. The bodies of the boy’s sister and mother were recovered last Friday, but his grandfather and the other relative are still missing at this time.
The community of Inuvik only has about 3,500 residents, according to the report.
“The community is devastated by this loss,” Inuvik mayor Derek Lindsay told CTV.ca. “A community this size, you pretty much know everybody.”
The boy was found sitting on a shore about 40 miles from his hometown by a boater who had joined the RMCP’s rescue search. The weather was reportedly in the 60s and nearly 24 hours of sunshine helped keep the boy warm, according to the CTV.ca report.
The search continues for the other two relatives.
— Elizabeth Ellis