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RCMP dive team hopes to locate long-lost plane in northern Saskatchewan

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The RCMP underwater recovery team (URT) will be braving chilly conditions to search for the long-lost wreckage of a float plane in Peter Pond Lake.

The single-engine Cessna 180 vanished on Aug. 20, 1959, with pilot Ray Gran and Saskatchewan conservation officer Harold Thompson onboard.

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They were on a short flight from Buffalo Narrows to La Loche to investigate poaching and deliver mail.

A private search, launched by Gran’s daughter and son-in-law, used sonar to find the wreckage of a plane in July 2018 in roughly 16 metres of water.

RCMP divers had originally planned to carry out their search of the northern Saskatchewan lake in August 2018.

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They had to postpone the search after encountering a number of challenges, including strong winds, high waves, and low visibility.

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The RCMP said at the time another potential dive would be attempted in the winter when they could use the ice as a staging area and visibility was expected to be better.

URT left for Peter Pond on Jan. 27 and will attempt the recovery dive this week.

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