Searchers found a Nunavik woman dead two days after she was reported missing near Akulivik, Que.


A man and a woman were reported missing from the community last Thursday and the municipality and the Canadian Rangers organized a search and rescue operation. They were out on the land to help people move to a cabin about 17 kilometres from the community.

When they left, it was getting dark and the weather took a turn for the worse. They got lost, and mistakenly headed towards another community, Puvirnituq, instead of Akulivik.

Searchers found the man on Friday evening, and he was taken to the local health centre for treatment for exhaustion.

The woman had remained near the couple’s snowmobile. She was found Saturday morning and was pronounced dead at the local health centre.

The mayor of Akulivik, Adamie Alaaku, told CBC News that the woman was 38 years old.

Speaking in Inuktitut, he said that "the couple's snowmobile broke down half way between Akulivik and Puvirnituq and the couple tried to head to Akulivik on foot."

Officials say bad weather and equipment failure were factors in the incident.