Sunday’s search fails to find missing boater

Photo: Supporters from the Kurdish community at the Belair Boat Launch to support search teams

By Don Norman

On June 13, 2020, at approximately 4:35 pm, Powerview and Selkirk RCMP responded to a report of an overturned boat, near Belair, on Lake Winnipeg.

Five people were fishing in a boat on Lake Winnipeg, when it took on water and capsized. Numerous witnesses could see the boat from shore and called 911.  A number of people who were on the water, came to their assistance.  Three male occupants of the boat, aged 37, 48 and 65, were rescued from the water and taken to hospital. High winds on the lake Saturday, likely contributed to the incident.

A 73-year-old male from Winnipeg was found in the water, taken to shore and was pronounced deceased.  A 42-year-old male from Winnipeg is still missing.

Media reports identify the missing man as Nour Ali, 42 from Winnpeg. The man who was pronounced dead, was Ali’s father. Ali is of Kurdish descent and arrived in Manitoba as a refugee from Syria in 2007.

Selkirk and Powerview RCMP along with the RCMP Inland Water Transport, and numerous first responders were at scene including; Emergency Medical Services, STARS, Victoria Beach Fire and Rescue, East Beaches Fire Department, the Canadian Coast Guard and CFB Trenton/17 Wing, to assist in the search.

RCMP were back at the boat launch at the end of Yellow Brick Road in Belair on Sunday to continue the search for the missing 42-year-old male.

Also at the scene were members of Ali’s family and dozens of supporters from the Kurdish community there to help in any way they could and hopeful for good news from the search teams.

So far there has been no sign of Ali. The RCMP will continue the search today, weather permitting.

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