People in the small Nunavut community of Whale Cove (pop. 427) are mourning the death of a young man who drowned while out swimming yesterday evening. 


People in Whale Cove, Nunavut, are mourning the drowning death of a young male in the community.

Paul Kaludjak, the hamlet's senior administrative officer, says he heard about the incident around 7p.m. yesterday, when someone heard yelling at Old Water Lake. 

The water was still at the time, but Kaludjak says the lake is fairly deep and the rescue boat had trouble finding the youth.

"It's difficult for a small community like this for this to happen, because everyone knows each other here," Kaludjak says. "They're having a difficult time. Much more the parents."

RCMP say they've investigated the death, which they have deemed an accidental drowning. 

As more people get out to enjoy the warmer weather, Kaludjak says it's important to be safe and wear life-jackets when in the water.

"Don't prolong yourself in swimming," Kaludjak says, "because the Arctic is very cold."