Nfld. & Labrador

Natuashish man helps rescue 3 missing snowmobilers

The RCMP are crediting a resident of Natuashish for rescuing three snowmobilers who spent one night in the Labrador wild this week, after getting their machines stuck in slush.
The RCMP is crediting Natuashish resident Jerry Pasteen with helping to save three snowmobilers reported missing in the Labrador wild earlier this week. (CBC)

The RCMP are crediting a resident of Natuashish for rescuing three snowmobilers who spent one night in the Labrador wild this week, after getting their machines stuck in slush.

A man, 65, woman, 25, and girl, 14, were reported missing shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday, hours after they left the community on snowmobile to gather wood.

The ground search and rescue team from Hoepdale scoured the area for several hours, but failed to turn up any signs of the missing snowmobilers, RCMP said.

While a cormorant helicopter out of Gander was preparing to begin a search at first light Thursday, Jerry Pasteen was travelling home to Natuashish from Hopedale.

Around 5:15 a.m., Pasteen spotted a fire in a wooded area near Tikkeratsiak, about 15 kilometres northwest of Hopedale.

According to RCMP, Pasteen drove his snowmobile into the woods towards the fire and found the three missing people.

The ground search and rescue team transported the safe, albeit extremely cold, group back to Hopedale after Pasteen used a satellite phone to make contact.

In light of this recent search, the RCMP are reminding snowmobilers to bring extra clothing, food and a satellite phone when they head out.

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