Manitoba RCMP find overdue float plane overturned on Bushey Lake

Float plane Bushey Lake
Just the floats can be seen of a plane on Bushey Lake on the weekend. RCMP handout / Global News

WINNIPEG – Three men were found suffering from mild hypothermia on the shore near their overturned float plane on a remote northern Manitoba lake on the weekend.

The three flew out of Lac du Bonnet, Man., at about 8 a.m. Saturday, headed for remote lakes northeast of Bissett, Man., RCMP said in a news release Wednesday. They planned to return at around 6 p.m. but when they still weren’t back at 9:30 p.m., police were called.

A search was started with help from Manitoba Conservation and Canada Forces Base Trenton, which began searching at about 4 a.m. Sunday. Crew on a Hercules aircraft spotted the float plane upside down in Bushey Lake, northeast of Bissett, at about 5:30 a.m. They also saw three people on shore around a small campfire.

The Hercules stayed above them until about 9 a.m., when a float plane from Bluewater Aviation in Bissett, chartered by CFB Trenton, recovered the three men.

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The Transportation Safety Board of Canada and Air Traffic Control are investigating the crash.