Five missing teens have been found after going missing on Reindeer Lake last Thursday.
Early Monday afternoon, RCMP said a search and rescue team spotted five individuals on the shore of Malcolm Island on Reindeer Lake. A rescue boat picked them up on one side of the island, and brought them to a small airstrip on the other side.
Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) brought the teens home to Southend in two trips. They were all safely back as of 4:50 p.m.
Since Thursday, a major search involving planes and boats and people on foot has been underway around Reindeer Lake, about 500 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.
Police received a report that the four boys and a girl, ages 13 to 17, did not return after leaving in a boat last Tuesday.
It’s not clear what they were planning, although one family member says they had gone hunting.
RCMP said on Saturday that a search plane spotted two boats on Reindeer Lake north of Southend, but the boats were gone by the time a ground crew arrived at the site on Sunday.
The appearance of the boats happened in the same area where Arctic Lodges is located, more than 120 kilometres north of Southend.
Police and a spokesman for the lodge said that a cabin was damaged, with doors kicked in, but that some items were also taken that could have helped the teens survive.
“It looked like there had been people in the lodge, around the lodge, and some basic items were taken including some survival items, food and fuel and things like that,” Sgt. Josh Hallett said.
The search has been hampered by poor weather, with temperatures well below zero and winds gusting to 40 km/h.