Update at 4:10 p.m., June 6 - Cold Lake RCMP have confirmed via press release that officers of the local detachment, along with Cold Lake Fire Rescue, Cold Lake Search and Rescue, Lloydminster Search and Rescue, and EMS, are now aiding in the search.
"Dense brush and lack of trails have made the ground search difficult. Swift currents within the river, logs, and rocks in the water made the water treacherous for the searchers," the release stated.
Update at 12:35 p.m., June 6 - A civilian diver is assisting and 4-Wing Cold Lake is now on scene aiding in the search.
COLD LAKE - Volunteers are searching for a missing 17-year-old boy who fell into the Beaver River yesterday morning while fishing with his brother.
A command centre has been set up on Hwy. 897 by the bridge.
The teen is described as having red hair and round glasses. The teen was wearing a grey t-shirt and shorts. He is 5’7” and about 120 lbs.
He is said to be a strong swimmer.
RCMP were on-scene yesterday searching the area but are not this morning, however, volunteers continue to search the area.
Anyone who plans to volunteer for the search is asked to first check-in at the command centre before heading out.
If someone does find the teen, organizers are asking that they immediately call 911 and not to post on social media.
We will provide more information as it becomes available.