A Lac La Biche family is in mourning after the body of a man was pulled from the Athabasca River.
The 66-year old failed to return from a canoe trip along the Christina River which took a a dangerous turn after days of battering rain.
Wood Buffalo RCMP, Search and Rescue and a Phoenix Heli-Flight team were called to an area north of Fort McKay where they recovered the body yesterday afternoon.
A cause of death has yet to be determined, but foul play is not suspected.
Fort McMurray News has confirmed that is the victim is Gordon Lippolt, a well-respected family doctor, described as a quiet community leader.
The deceased was among a group of four Lac La Biche men who set out from their home town to Fort McMurray before flood waters unexpectedly surged.
The two survivors were plucked from a small island by a military helicopter on June 12th.
The search for the remaining 58-year old man continues.