Missing couple found safe near Baker Lake

The search committee in Baker Lake, Nunavut says a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl who went missing while caribou hunting have been found.

A 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl who went missing Tuesday from Baker Lake, Nunavut were found by searchers today.

Michael Akilak with the Search and Rescue Committee says they were located late Wednesday morning.

"At around 7 or 8 a.m., some searchers left and around 11, four Hondas left, and they called saying they located the two walking and that they're fine," he said.

After a meal they started heading back to the hamlet.

Volunteers had been out searching for the young couple after they failed to return from a hunting trip they had gone on with another couple.

The two couples became separated when the missing man began to track a wolf, Akilak says. It happened about 60 or 70 kilometres out of town.

He said the missing pair don't have much with them — an ATV, a tarp and a thermos. 

The two are now back in Baker Lake, where their families are gathering the search and rescue people at the arena to thank them for their efforts.


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