Thomas Destailleur, a 30-year-old kayaker, had recently moved to Toronto, Canada, with one goal in mind: "reconcile man and his planet", through "sports and eco-responsible adventures". He died on Great Slave Lake in the north of the country when he had to sail to the Atlantic Ocean by kayak.
The Northwest Territories Medical Examiner's office reported in an email that the body of a kayaker found on Wednesday, August 7, on this lake was identified as Thomas Destailleur's body. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, Federal Police) had launched searches after being informed that a kayaker crossing this lake did not contact his family as planned.
The reverse kayak was then spotted by plane and the body was transported to the premises of the medical examiner for an autopsy. The investigation into the circumstances of the death continues.
Originally from Lille, Thomas Destailleur recounted his journey on a Facebook page "From Jasper in the Canadian Rockies, I decided to follow the waters of the Athabasca Glacier for 3,700 km to the Arctic Ocean and the village of Tuktoyaktuk. First cycling then kayaking, the whole route should take me pretty much two and a half months"he explained.
He was encountering difficult conditions
In a post published on August 6, on the 31st day of his trip, he reported having faced difficult conditions with wind and strong waves. "Two three waves fail to turn me over, and I give up surfing to the beach, soaked and frozen. I am afraid of hypothermia. I change and wrap myself in my sleeping bag in the tent, hoping the wind will fall. It will not be for today, let's hope for tomorrow … ", he wrote, this will be his last message.