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Search and Rescue locate missing Saskatchewan senior

UPDATED: An 80-year-old Saskatchewan man was located along a shoreline 2 km from where he went missing near Garnet beach by Lakeland Search and Rescue members after being missing outdoors for nearly 24 hours.

UPDATE: More details have been released by Alberta RCMP in relation to an 80-year-old Saskatchewan man, Richard Embree, who was lost in the wilderness in northeast Alberta.

 On June 22, at about 4 p.m. Embree was located "happy and healthy on the shore of Cold Lake," states an RCMP media release.

Embree had not been seen or heard from since he was last seen in the area of Garnet Beach at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21.

"Mr. Embree spent just under 24 hours lost in the wilderness, wandering through the night until he eventually found his way to the lake roughly 2 km down the shoreline from where he went missing," say RCMP.

The Saskatchewan Senior was transported to the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre where he is now recovering.

“We would like to recognize the hard working members of the Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St Paul, and Lac La Biche Search and Rescue groups as well as the Emergency Medical Staff and the City of Cold Lake Fire and Rescue for their tireless efforts," says acting S/Sgt. Kim Hillier of the Cold Lake RCMP Detachment. 

"It was great to see such a well organized and cooperative response to the situation”

COLD LAKE – Not long after an official RCMP press release was sent out sharing information about a missing 80-year-old Saskatchewan man, the Cold Lake RCMP detachment received a call from Search and Rescue that Richard Embree had been located safe. 

Embree was last seen in the area of Garnet Beach at approximately 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, but hadn’t been seen or heard from since. 

Search and Rescue members from Cold Lake, Bonnyville, St. Paul, and Lac La Biche had been looking for the Saskatchewan man who had been reported missing after failing to return back from the area. 

Just after 4 p.m. on June 22, RCMP had issued a missing person's report asking for the public's assistance in locating the 80-year-old.  

They had further asked that residents stay away from the Garnet Beach area while search and rescue operations were under way. 

At about 4:15 p.m., the Cold Lake RCMP detachment received a call from the Search and Rescue operations on the ground stating that Embree had been found along the shoreline conscious and responsive, RCMP Cpl. Shauna Dolle, with the Cold Lake detachment, told Lakeland Today. 

“He was out there overnight, but he will be looked at by EMS,” said Dolle. 



Jazmin Tremblay

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Jazmin completed a minor in journalism at Hanze University in the Netherlands and completed her Communication Studies degree from MacEwan University with a major in journalism.
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