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Lost Nopiming camper safely located

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A Winnipeg man is safe and relatively sound after three days lost in the bush in eastern Manitoba.

Although RCMP have not confirmed the news, a man told the Free Press he picked up a weary-looking Christopher Cloutier, 24, on the side of Translicence Road in Nopiming Provincial Park.

Friends on Facebook have also commented that Cloutier has been found.

Cloutier had been missing since Saturday afternoon when he was separated from his camping group near Shoe Lake.

RCMP had said when last seen Cloutier had food and supplies in his backpack.

Cloutier was found on an old logging road that runs off Highway 304 by a Winnipegger who happened to be passing by around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday — 72 hours after Cloutier was last seen.

"I saw this guy out in the middle of nowhere," said the man, who was doing some carpentry work for a friend at a remote outpost. "He was way in the bush.

"He came up to my truck and jumped right in. He was happy to see me."

He said Cloutier looked tired and was limping, but otherwise seemed fine.

"His spirits were up," said the man, who drove Cloutier into Lac du Bonnet, where the RCMP were immediately notified.

Cloutier was taken to Pinawa hospital as a precaution, said a business owner in Lac du Bonnet who gave him a free meal while he waited for the police.

Manitoba Conservation officers, Search and Rescue Manitoba, the Office of the Fire Commissioner and the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association had assisted RCMP with the search, which was conducted by foot, boat and helicopter.

 

jason.bell@freepress.mb.ca

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