A search and rescue mission began around 4:30 p.m. Sunday when two men in a canoe failed to return from an afternoon outing on Lake Winnipeg.

According to the RCMP, members from Gimli responded to the call near Grindstone Provincial Park and called in help from the Canadian Coast Guard.

A spokesperson for the Royal Canadian Air Force said a Hercules CC-130 plane based at 17 Wing in Winnipeg was dispatched to assist from the air.

According to the RCMP, the two men, aged 19 and 22, set out in their canoe around 12:30 p.m.

The windy conditions caused ice on Lake Winnipeg to move in and block access to the shore.

With the assistance of the spotters in the aircraft, the Canadian Coast Guard was able to maneuver through the ice and rescue the canoeists.

The RCMP said no injuries were sustained by the men in the canoe or the search and rescue contingent.