William Kinniksie rescue hopes dim in Arviat search

It's been two weeks since William Kinniksie left Arviat to go on a hunt, and search officials who've been looking for him are getting ready to give up the search.
William Kinniksie left Arviat, Nunavut, Oct. 9 to go caribou hunting.

It's been two weeks since William Kinniksie left Arviat to go on a hunt, and search officials who've been looking for him are getting ready to call off the search.

Kinniksie left Arviat on October 9th on a caribou hunt and hasn't returned since. Repeated ground and aerial searches for him have so far turned up nothing.

Thomas Alikaswa with the local search committee says it's tough to decide when to call it off.

"Yeah, it is," he says. "Not only for myself, but for all the ground searchers and all the people flying around.  It's pretty hard, but I think I'm gonna have to call it off pretty soon."

Alikaswa says they'll keep searching until Wednesday, but, that will be the end of it. 

Some people left this morning on snowmobiles to keep looking. Alikaswa says an airplane may also join, if the weather allows for it. Weather has been a frequent problem for the search effort.

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