Igloolik, Nunavut Hunters Found Alive
Three hunters from Igloolik that have been missing since January 22 have been found alive.
Victor Akatsiak,14, Lee Aqqiaruq, in his late 20’s, and Richard Milton, 14, were found late last night by search and rescue workers as they were walking towards Igloolik.
The three men departed Saturday, January. 19th for a fishing trip near the Melville Peninsula. They were supposed to return home on January 22nd but they didn’t show up. Two snow-mobilers from search and rescue went in pursuit after they still had not returned by January 24th.
“It’s a relief, especially for family members,” said Celestino Uyarak, with Igloolik search and rescue. Uyarak is also the mayor of Igloolik. “Being out there on the land, especially in January and February where there is extreme cold, anything more than 48 hours missing is a concern. “
Uyarak said the three were traveling with just one snowmobile. Uyarak cautioned that people venturing out on the land should always take more than one snowmobile. The details of what happened are still unclear.