Iqaluit woman found nearly frozen to death

Dress warmly, ensure you can get home safely, police advise

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

After finding a a woman nearly frozen to death in the early morning of Jan.25, Iqaluit RCMP are warning people to dress for the cold weather and to ensure they are physically able to get home safely if they are out drinking.

Police, responding to a call at around 2:00 a.m., found a 59-year-old woman lying face down in the snow in the 500s area.

After a quick assessment of the semi-conscious woman, police took her to the Qikiqtani Regional Hospital.

There, she was treated for severe hypothermia and severe frostbite.

She was then medevaced to Ottawa for more treatment and is now reported to be in stable condition.

Family members, on being notified, were very appreciative of their relative being found alive, the RCMP said in a news release.

This past week, windchills in Iqaluit have hovered between -42 C and -48 C.

The RCMP said it is important for people to dress properly for the weather.

They also said it’s important to ensure, particularly if they have been drinking, that people are physically able to get home safely.

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