The Canadian Rangers have been identified as Walter Ladoucer, Andrew Ladoucer and Keith Marten, according to a news release from the Department of National Defence.
The hunters left Fort Chipewyan on Sunday, April 23 and their boat was later found in a river that flows through Wood Buffalo National Park.
Now, their fellow Canadian Rangers are assisting in the recovery mission along with the RCMP. Additional rangers are on stand-by if help is needed and administrative and counselling support is being given to their families, the DND states.
“My heartfelt condolences and prayers are very much with the families and loved ones of those lost," said Lt.-Col. Russ Meades, commanding officer of the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group in a news release. "Keith, Andrew, and Walter were outstanding Rangers and valuable community members. They served their community, and Canadians, with dedication, honour, and pride. The loss of their experiences and knowledge of the environment will be deeply missed within the community, the Patrol, and the Group.”
On Facebook, the 4th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group added a black band to the crest as a sign of mourning.
Keith Marten and Andrew Ladoucer were 15-year members of the patrol while Walter Ladoucer joined the patrol in 2016.
There are 26 Canadian Rangers with the Fort Chipewyan Canadian Ranger Patrol and 43 Canadian Ranger Patrols in western Canada.
–With files from the Canadian Press and Vincent McDermott