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Abandoned boat in Cloud Lake prompts search for missing man

RCMP are looking for Burpee Leslie Banks after an abandoned boat was found in the water at Cloud Lake April 13.
RCMP are looking for Burpee Leslie Banks after an abandoned boat was found in the water at Cloud Lake April 13. - Submitted

CLOUD LAKE - A search is underway at Cloud Lake after an abandoned boat was found in the water Friday evening.

RCMP members serving Kings and Annapolis counties were called to the scene, located south-east of Torbrook, at 6:59 p.m. April 13.

“After a preliminary investigation RCMP determined the boat belongs to 67-year-old Burpee Leslie Banks. He is described as a white male, six-feet tall and weighs 170 pounds, with green eyes and black and grey hair,” reads an RCMP media release issued April 14.

“A search of the lake and surrounding areas began overnight and RCMP is being assisted by Nictaux, Kingston and Middleton Fire Departments and Annapolis Ground Search and Rescue and Valley Ground Search and Rescue(GSAR) teams. Additional GSAR teams will be attending the area this morning.”

RCMP members would like to speak with anyone who was travelling on Fire Lane, in the Cloud Lake area, or boating on the lake April 13.

Police are urging anyone with information pertaining to this matter to call Annapolis County District RCMP at 902-665-4481, or contact Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or submit tips by Secure Web Tips at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca.

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