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NEWS: Nunavut April 07, 2018 - 9:45 am

Nunavut RCMP member dies in off-duty snowmobile mishap

Police officer, 30, dies near Bloody Falls, outside Kugluktuk

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The RCMP detachment building in Kugluktuk. An RCMP member who works out of this building has died in a snowmobile accident near Bloody Falls, about 13 kilometres southwest of the western Nunavut community of about 1,500 people. Police did not give the deceased member’s name, age or rank, or state whether the member is a man or a woman. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)
The RCMP detachment building in Kugluktuk. An RCMP member who works out of this building has died in a snowmobile accident near Bloody Falls, about 13 kilometres southwest of the western Nunavut community of about 1,500 people. Police did not give the deceased member’s name, age or rank, or state whether the member is a man or a woman. (PHOTO BY JANE GEORGE)

(Updated at 8:20 p.m., April 19)

A Nunavut RCMP member who died last last week in an off-duty snowmobile mishap just outside Kugluktuk, was killed in after he drove his machine over a 30-metre cliff, the Nunavut RCMP “V” Division said April 10.

The incident occurred April 6 in a well-known area called Bloody Falls, in Kugluk Territorial Park, where the Coppermine River flows through a narrow gorge about 13 kilometres southwest of Kugluktuk, the westernmost community in Nunavut, with a population of about 1,500.

The RCMP did not give the deceased member’s name or rank in the initial release.

“We are not releasing the officer’s name as it is an off-duty death,” Sgt. Mark Crowther told Nunatsiaq News April 10.

The officer, originally from British Columbia, had lived in Kugluktuk for about a year and a half.

He was later identified in media reports as Graham Thomas Holmes of Shawnigan Lake, B.C,

On Monday, members of the community, along with the officer’s mother and fiancée, attended a vigil near the detachment.

A report from an investigation of the incident will be released later, the RCMP said.

 

People in Kugluktuk are joined by family members and co-workers of an RCMP officer who died April 7 in an off-duty snowmobile mishap outside the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RCMP)
People in Kugluktuk are joined by family members and co-workers of an RCMP officer who died April 7 in an off-duty snowmobile mishap outside the western Nunavut community of Kugluktuk. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE RCMP)
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(5) Comments:

#1. Posted by Saddened on April 07, 2018

I am so saddened hearing of this fatality. God bless the family and prayers for the families affected by this.

I guess would be a reminder to new comers into the community, never be negligent or shy to ask community n local people tour you around the community before venturing out on your own.

God bless everyone.

#2. Posted by Paul Murphy on April 07, 2018

On behalf of myself and Helen Klengenberg, our deepest condolences to the members of the RCMP and to the family of the deceased officer. May you rest in peace. Thank you and to your family for your service to Canada.

#3. Posted by Not The Time on April 07, 2018

Condolences to the detachment members, and the families. A Terrible tradgedy. To those commenting about local guides and knowing the area, now is not the time to be criticle during this time of mourning. Please show some respect.

#4. Posted by Sympathies on April 07, 2018

Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the Kugluktuk RCMP member. This is a tragic loss for the whole community, and anyone blessed to have known the member or at least exchanged a friendly hello. Rest in peace.

#5. Posted by Jobi on April 07, 2018

Condolences to the family & friends of the RCMP Officer. RIP

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