09/06/2013 09:58 EDT | Updated 11/06/2013 05:12 EST

Donald Stratton: Missing Boater's Body Recovered From Alberta Lake


LAC LA BICHE, Alta. - The body of an elderly man has been recovered from a lake northeast of Edmonton.

RCMP say the body of 69-year-old Donald Stratton was spotted from the air by a helicopter pilot who then directed officers to the scene at Lac La Biche.

Stratton had been missing since Aug. 30 when he and a friend went boating on the lake to retrieve a fishing net.

The 62-year-old friend told police they both ended up falling into the water after a wave hit the side of their small boat.

Neither man was wearing a life-jacket, with Stratton, the weaker swimmer of the two, last seen clinging to the boat in rough water.