A happy day: searchers rescue missing Iqaluit hunter

Airborne spotters locate 32-year-old man Dec. 26


Eepeebee Campbell, the Iqaluit resident missing since the evening of this past Dec. 23, has been found.

The 32-year-old was reported missing when he didn’t come home from a caribou hunt.

He was spotted late this morning by a search and rescue team in a Twin Otter aircraft. He was just northwest of Iqaluit.

Rescue coordinator Jimmy Akavak said finding Campbell was like “a big Merry Christmas” for all the volunteers.

After all, it had been three long days and nights, with temperatures dropping as low as -22.

“We’re relieved. After today it would have been a different story I think,” Akavak said.

Luckily, Campbell had packed a stove and some food. He was also able to make a shelter using the limited resources available to him.

“The snowmobile broke down and he was able to drag his small komatik toward a sheltered area, build a snow cave, and that’s where he camped since Sunday.”

Rescuers assessed Campbell on the spot and found him to be in pretty good condition.

“Not so dehydrated and not so cold,” Akavak said.

After a quick meal and a hot drink back at rescue headquarters in Iqaluit, Campbell was back home with his family this afternoon.

Akavak is grateful to all the community members who pitched in to get Campbell home for the holidays.

“We’re very thankful for the community, volunteers, organizers, people bringing food for the searchers, bannock… Baffin Gas for donating a bunch of stuff.”

In short, “We’re just happy,” Akavak said.

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