Number of search and rescues on the rise in Nunavut
41% due to mechanical breakdowns or running out of fuel
The number of people needing help from search and rescue personnel nearly doubled in 2013 compared to 2012, according to annual reports from Nunavut Emergency Management.
In 2012, there were 178 searches, looking for 275 people. In 2013, there were 222 searches, looking for 493 people.
Forty-one per cent of searches were the result of mechanical breakdown of equipment, or running out of fuel.
Spring saw the highest number of searches. The month of May saw the most incidents in 2013 and the second-most in 2012.