Search called off near Cape Dorset for 3rd missing hunter

A hunter who has been missing since Tuesday evening is presumed to be dead, and search and rescue crews called off the search for him late Thursday afternoon.

1 man rescued, 1 man found dead after 3 hunters went missing this week

The search for a third hunter who went missing this week was called off Thursday. One hunter was rescued, while a second was found dead Wednesday evening. (CBC)

A Nunavut hunter who has been missing since Tuesday evening is presumed to be dead, and search and rescue crews called off the search for him late Thursday afternoon. 

Crews started looking for three men Wednesday morning who went missing while on a hunting trip. 

One man was found alive Wednesday at noon, and another was found dead Wednesday evening. Both were found in Negus Bay, 10 kilometres northeast of Cape Dorset.

Mark Gough, an official with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Halifax, said it's unlikely the man who is still missing survived.

Gough said the men were in a 6.7-metre freighter canoe that tipped over. The man who survived was wearing some kind of life-jacket or body suit, and told rescuers the other two men were not wearing flotation devices.

The Nunavut Emergency Management Organization called the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre for help on Wednesday morning when the three hunters didn't return home as expected on Tuesday evening.

No information has been provided about what caused the canoe to capsize. The names and ages of the hunters have not been released.

The CBC has reached out to Nunavut's Emergency Management Organization and the hamlet of Cape Dorset for more information about the missing hunters.

Gough said once the search and rescue ends, it will be turned over to the local RCMP as a missing person case.