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Updated: Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:32:24 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Body of Alberta canoeist recovered near Fort McKay



Body of Alberta canoeist recovered near Fort McKay

The body of a Lac La Biche, Alta., canoeist missing since June 12, was recovered Sunday in the Athabasca River north of Fort McKay.

Dr.Gordon Lippolt, 66, was on a canoe trip with three other Lac La Biche men earlier this month when his canoe was caught up in powerful currents in the surging Christina River.

One canoe capsized, but was pushed nearer the shoreline allowing two of the men to swim ashore.

However the canoe containing Lippolt and his 58-year-old companion Paul Richard disappeared upstream.

The search for Richard's body continues.

The exact cause of Lippolt's death is not yet confirmed pending the results of the autopsy.

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