Body of missing canoeist recovered

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Body of missing canoeist recovered

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.
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