A search is underway for a 39-year-old Timmins man who is missing near Rankin Inlet, in Nunavut.

Michel Justin Pilon is a drill worker with Boart Longyear, a drilling subcontractor for Agnico Eagle Mines.

He was reported missing when he failed to arrive on his snowmobile at a drill rig three kilometres south of the Meliadine mine site on Tuesday.

A news release from Agnico-Eagle said he had been traveling along a marked trail with three co-workers who arrived without him.

Visibility was difficult in the blizzard conditions. The area has seen 90 cm of snow since Tuesday, and it was still falling on Thursday.

"There are a number of hunting and fishing camps in the area, so we're hopeful that the person has taken refuge in one of those," said Dale Coffin, spokesperson for Agnico-Eagle.

"So it's a process of going through all the areas, checking all the hunting and fishing camps that are there and checking all the trails as well."

Agnico-Eagle says they have a helicopter on the site, but, blizzard conditions kept it grounded. It was still standing by on Thursday, waiting for the weather to improve.

Pilon has been with Boart Longyear for two years.  His friends say he is the father of three-year-old triplets, a son and a step-son.