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RCMP call in dive team to search for missing hunters in northern Alberta

On April 26, 2017, Mounties provided an update on their joint search with Parks Canada for four missing hunters in northern Alberta, which now has three helicopters and more than 70 people involved.
On April 26, 2017, Mounties provided an update on their joint search with Parks Canada for four missing hunters in northern Alberta, which now has three helicopters and more than 70 people involved. CREDIT: Fort Chipewyan RCMP

A team of scuba divers was called in Thursday to help in the search for four hunters missing in northeastern Alberta.

The Mountie dive team from British Columbia was to arrive in the area north of Fort Chipewyan in the afternoon.

Police said the divers would work with boats equipped with sonar to search beneath the surface of the Rocher River.

On Wednesday, RCMP and Parks Canada shifted their efforts to a recovery operation after failing to find the men in the rugged bush.

READ MORE: Search for missing hunters in northern Alberta now a ‘recovery’ operation: RCMP

The hunters left Fort Chipewyan on Sunday night in a boat, which was later found in the river that flows through Wood Buffalo National Park.

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Earlier this week, more than 70 people took part in the search which included three helicopters and volunteers from the Mikisew Cree and Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations.