Coral Harbour elder found safe

An 81-year-old Nunavut hunter is doing well after being located Wednesday by the local search and rescue team.

More than 100 people searched for missing 81-year-old hunter

An 81-year-old hunter who was missing for just over a day near Coral Harbour, Nunavut, was found safe around noon on Wednesday about 30 kilometres north of the community.

"He's doing very well; he was found at an inlet," said Paul Pudlat in Inuktitut on Wednesday. "At the moment a truck is taking him to the health centre and we are happy he's fine, very well."

The elder went out hunting for ptarmigan and caribou alone by ATV on Monday, when the weather was good, but it started to snow at higher elevations and the man didn't return home that night as planned.

Members of the local search and rescue team left the hamlet late that night to begin looking for the elder. At the time RCMP said it was believed he may have been at a higher elevation on his ATV and become trapped by snow.

More than 100 people were involved in the search by Wednesday morning. The RCMP helped with transporting equipment and snowmobiles out to the snowline. 

"We’ll be assisting with the movement of equipment — just because our pickup trucks are a bit sturdier — out to the marshalling area, and that's about 17 kilometres from the hamlet," said Cpl. Paul Zanon with the Coral Harbour RCMP on Wednesday morning before the man was found. "The hamlet took a front-end loader out and cleared out some of the tough spots for the trucks, so we can get through to this marshalling point."

The Coral Harbour RCMP were trying to secure an aircraft out of Iqaluit to aid in the search when the hunter was located.