November 9, 2014 3:26 pm
Updated: November 10, 2014 7:48 pm

Weather hampers RCMP search for 5 youth in northern Saskatchewan

RCMP are searching for a group of young people while poor weather hampers their search in northern Saskatchewan.

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SOUTHEND, Sask. – RCMP are searching for five youth missing from a northern Saskatchewan community, but the Mounties say poor weather has hampered the effort.

The teens, one girl and four boys between the ages of 13 and 17, left the community of Southend, Sask. on Nov. 4 for Reindeer Lake.

Police say the group, who left on Tuesday in two aluminum boats, was equipped for overnight camping and may have taken shelter on shore from the cold and wind.

“There’s a lot of camps up there. So it’s possible they might have gone to one of them to wait out the weather,” RCMP Staff Sgt. Randy Slawson told the Canadian Press.

On Nov. 6, officials were notified the group had not returned.

Their names have not been released.

Local residents, Civil Aviation Search and Rescue and the RCMP have been searching the Reindeer Lake area.

*Editor’s note: Initial reports from RCMP stated two female and three male youths were missing.

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