Nunavut MLA and companions rescued from tundra after missing more than a week

Missing MLA and companion rescued from tundra

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Searchers have rescued a missing member of the Nunavut legislature and his two companions, who hadn’t been seen in more than a week after setting out on the tundra of Baffin Island.

Ed Zebedee of the territorial government’s Department of Protection Services confirmed in an email that Pauloosie Keyootak, his son Atamie Qiyuqtaq and Peter Kakkik were spotted by a search airplane on Thursday.

He said they were picked up by a CF Cormorant helicopter, returned to Iqaluit and taken to the local hospital to be checked out.

The trio left the capital of Iqaluit more than a week ago for an overnight snowmobile trip to Pangnirtung.

They didn’t arrive the next day as expected and a search was launched.

The well-travelled route is about 300 kilometres long over tundra and mountain passes and has several cabins along the way.

Search parties from both communities retraced the route and were revisiting some areas for a second search.

The trio had been described as experienced hunters with good survival skills.

This time of year sees many Nunavummiut out on the land to take advantage of long days and lingering snow and sea ice for hunting or visiting friends and relations after a long winter.

 

The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Toilet, bathtub among junk dumped behind Scott Road thrift store, costing operators money

‘I wish people would appreciate what we do, and not dump their stuff,’ frustrated manager says

Cars keyed on BC Ferries after alarms bother dog on board

Delta police arrested one passenger on suspicion of mischief

TONIGHT: Eagle Eyes to headline Concerts for the Pier in White Rock

East Beach event to feature The Fab Fourever

New day camp for Surrey children living with cancer, blood disorders

West Coast Kids Cancer Foundation running another session at Surrey school

Rugged wheelchair rolled out at Crescent Beach

Accessibility of popular South Surrey waterfront boosted

Feds lowered poverty line, reducing the number of seniors in need: documents

Liberals introduced a poverty line that was below the prior low-income cutoff

After B.C. dad’s death, Technical Safety BC wants changes to trampoline park rules

Jay Greenwood, 46, did ‘a series of acrobatic manoeuvres prior to a fall that caused serious injury and cardiac arrest’

$900M settlement reached in class action on sexual misconduct in Canadian military

After facing criticism, the government moved to begin settlement proceedings in early 2018

Tax take stays ahead of increased B.C. government spending

Tax revenue $2.1 billion higher than budget in 2018-19

Two toddler siblings found drowned on First Nation in Alberta

The siblings were found drowned on their family’s property, according to RCMP

Chiefs honour Indigenous leader wrongfully hanged in B.C. 154 years ago today

Chief Joe Alphonse says they want his remains returned to his homeland in B.C.’s Cariboo region

Rare white ravens spotted again on Vancouver Island

Nature photographer Mike Yip said mysterious birds back in Coombs area

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

RCMP use helicopter and police dog to search for suspect on Sts’ailes First Nation

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

Most Read