Last night, just before 9:00 p.m., Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP received a report of concern for the well-being of a family who departed Happy Valley-Goose Bay earlier in the day by boat, heading to their cabin at Sandy Cove Head.
A relative, who was destined for the same location, had departed sometime before the family and turned back due to poor conditions. He did not see the family upon his return travel and was unable to make contact with them. The relative was concerned for their well-being.
The family of five, which included three children, departed around lunchtime and could not be reached. Police learned they were last seen in the Rabbit Island/Muldoon’s Point area.
Police activated Happy Valley-Goose Bay Ground Search and Rescue which, given the location of the search, partnered with local Department of Fisheries and Oceans officers utilizing their vessel to conduct a search.
The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre was engaged and, with assistance from the Maritime Rescue Sub Centre out of St John’s, completed an aerial search with a Cormorant and a Hercules aircraft.
At approximately 3:20 a.m., the family was located safe and sound at their cabin.
Happy Valley-Goose Bay RCMP thanks all parties involved for the efforts that were made in the successful search and location of this family.