RCMP and search and rescue volunteers are looking for two people missing from Arviat, Nunavut.

Rob Hood, 59, from Ontario and Robert Gibbons Jr, 23, of Arviat, left the community for the Maguse Lake area on Saturday. Hood is a drilling instructor and Gibbons recently completed one of his courses.

Gibbons' family realized he was missing on the weekend. Gibbons' father Robert Senior says the two left the family late on Saturday afternoon to see friends.

"They found out his friends were overnighting on the land, so Junior and his former teacher started heading back to Arviat on Saturday around 4 p.m."

The two were on one black and yellow snowmobile without survival gear.

According to RCMP an aerial search start this afternoon. Searchers will also check approximately 50 cabins in the area.

Many people were out for Arviat's annual fishing derby during this past weekend, and anyone with information is asked to contact the local RCMP detachment.