The body of an Alberta man presumed drowned in Drury Lake near Faro on Jan. 28 has been recovered.
The man has been identified as 36-year-old Jason Donald Keith of Morinville, Alta.
Keith had been travelling by snowmobile with two other men near the “narrows” on Drury Lake on the evening of Jan. 28.
The RCMP investigation has determined that, just after nightfall, the men rode into open water, rather than breaking through unstable ice, as was initially reported.
Keith’s machine and another being driven by one of his companions sank.
His family has indicated that Keith was very passionate about hunting and guiding, spending much time on the land. He was working with a local outfitting company at the time of the mishap.
The B.C. RCMP Underwater Recovery Team arrived at the scene last Saturday.
Working with local RCMP members and Yukon Search and Rescue personnel, they recovered Keith’s body and both snowmobiles last Sunday, the Yukon Coroner’s Service said this afternoon.
The coroner’s office, helped by Faro RCMP and the Yukon Workers’ Compensation Health and Safety Board, is continuing to investigate the fatality.
The coroner’s office joined the RCMP in reminding the public to use extreme caution when travelling on or near all Yukon waterways.
“Please limit travel to daylight hours and times of good visibility only,” they said in a statement.
“If it is necessary to venture out from the shoreline, be sure to do adequate checks of ice thickness and know the route you will be travelling.
“Always travel with appropriate winter survival gear, including fully-functioning communication devices.”