One man dies, two survive after getting lost in Bas-St-Laurent

Léon Drapeau, a 75-year-old resident of Mount Carmel, was found dead Saturday morning in the forest by a hiker.

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Published on: May 26, 2018 | Last Updated: May 26, 2018 10:58 PM EDT

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A simple walk to explore a fishing area turned into a nightmare for three men in the Bas-St-Laurent region.

Léon Drapeau, a 75-year-old resident of Mount Carmel, who has been missing since last Tuesday, was found dead Saturday morning in the forest by a hiker in a wooded area near the border of Maine.

The hiker telephoned 911 at about 10 a.m. and a Sûreté du Québec helicopter was deployed at the scene, which was difficult to access. The rescuers had to go down to the ground with a cable.

The two men who accompanied Drapeau were rescued after being discovered in a cottage a little farther away, thirsty and hungry.

Pierre Barrière, 57, and Ronald Filion, 78, were dehydrated and had not been on prescription medication for days. The rescuers provided them with water and food.

The two men from the Montreal region were then helicoptered and transferred to a hospital in the area to receive care, where their loved ones were waiting for them.

It is also there they learned of the death of their friend.

According to Sergeant Claude Doiron of the Sûreté du Québec the survivors told the police their vehicle got stuck in the forest. Their vehicle was found six kilometres from the chalet where the two survivors were found.

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