Rob Hood, Robert Gibbons Jr. of Arviat, found safe

More than 100 people were on hand to greet Rob Hood, 59, from Ontario and Robert Gibbons Jr., 23, of Arviat when they returned to Arviat late last night, according to one of Hood's children.
Robert Gibbons Jr. of Arviat and Rob Hood of Ontario went missing near the community on May 10. Gibbons was a student in a recent drilling course taught by Hood. The two left the community by snowmobile during the annual fishing derby. (Courtesy of Harmony Hood)

More than 100 people were on hand to greet Rob Hood and Robert Gibbons Jr. when they returned to Arviat late last night.

The two men had left the community for the Maguse Lake area on Saturday. The community's fishing derby was taking place at the time.

Hood, 59, is a drilling instructor from New Liskeard, Ontario. Robert Gibbons Jr., 23, of Arviat, recently completed one of his courses.

RCMP started searching for the men on Monday and began an aerial search yesterday.

Rob Hood’s daughter, Harmony Hood, says the pair were way off course.

“They were found east of Maguse Lake,” she says. “I guess my Dad said they took a wrong path or something and on the way back, the belt on their Ski-Doo broke, but they were almost out of gas anyway so they wouldn't have made it."

Hood says her dad told her they were found by a hunter looking for a grizzly bear in the area.

"They are both well. They're very thankful to be back," she says. "My Dad says when they got back there were about a hundred people waiting in town to greet them, so that's pretty amazing."

Hood and Gibbons Jr. were travelling on one snowmobile, without survival gear.