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SAR techs rescue stranded man

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A man who was stranded on the east shore of Lake Winnipeg about 35 kilometres from Poplar River was rescued Sunday by two Canadian Forces search and rescue technicians who stayed with him until a helicopter came for them Monday morning.

The 35-year-old man had been reported missing after being last seen on Saturday at about 2 p.m. when he left Matheson Island by boat to travel to Poplar River. He became stranded after a mechanical problem disabled his boat.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre (JRCC) Trenton sent a CC-130 Hercules aircraft from 17 Wing Winnipeg to search for the missing boater.

The boater had lit a fire, which allowed the aircraft to drop a radio to establish communication with the man and confirm he was the missing individual.

While the Hercules crew dropped two survival bundles containing food, water, a portable cooking stove and a shelter, another Hercules arrived with two SAR techs, who parachuted into the site as night approached and the potential for hypothermia increased. The two SAR techs assisted the man in setting up shelter and remained with him overnight.

On Monday at about 9 a.m., Poplar River RCMP chartered a helicopter that arrived on scene to pick up the man and the two SAR techs.

The man did not need medical attention and was returned home safely.

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Updated on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 6:38 PM CST: adds boat problems

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