Prince Albert woman survives eight day ordeal after death of husband

Darryl Mills
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A Prince Albert woman survived eight days alone in the northern Saskatchewan wilderness after a canoeing mishap that claimed the life of her husband. The couple has been identified by sources as David and Enid Dice of Prince Albert.

David Dice, 66 died after the canoe he and his wife Enid were in capsized on a set of rapids. She survived the incident, but that was just the start of her ordeal as she spent eight days alone in the wilderness after the canoe capsized.

Pinehouse RCMP were alerted Tuesday morning via a satellite call from a float plane operator from Shellbrook fishing in the remote area of a canoe east of set of rapids known as Needle Falls.

The float plane operator was also able to make out the body of an adult male. Pinehouse RCMP were able to reach the location by chartered plane early Tuesday afternoon and were able to confirm the man as the male who had been reported missing eight days earlier, along with his wife.

At that point, RCMP requested the assistance of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) and the search for the missing woman continued. A CASARA fixed wing search plane arrived in the area at 5:40 p.m. and located the woman shortly after. She was on the shoreline of Kinosaskaw Lake with a fire burning and was waving at the aircraft. The aircraft was unable to land in the area.

Two Pinehouse RCMP officers were able to land in the area with a chartered float plane at approximately 7:30 p.m. and were to reach the woman and transport her to La Ronge Hospital where she was treated and released.

David Dice was an accomplished member of the international athletics community, being heavily involved in track and field and the athletics community and track and field officials across the province are mourning his loss.

Organizations: Prince Albert, Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, RCMP La Ronge Hospital

Geographic location: Northern Saskatchewan, Shellbrook, Kinosaskaw Lake

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