Cops save Cree man from certain death


Two weeks ago, not far from the community of Radisson, a Cree man narrowly escaped dying in a freak accident.

According to police, the man was working on road repairs when a caribou wandered nearby. After shooting the animal, the man decided to butcher it, but — instead, he chopped his finger — and a major artery — with his axe.

Two officers with the Quebec Provincial Police force who were driving by saw the man bent over the carcass, in a pool of blood.

“Something seemed wrong,” said Ronald McInnes, spokesperson for the Sûrété du Québec.

The police stopped to check, and when they saw what had happened, they immediately applied a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. They drove the man to a nearby nursing clinic, and kept talking to him along the way in order to keep him conscious.

McInnes said doctors later operated on the man at the hospital in Chisasibi. He’s expected to make a full recovery.

“If he hadn’t been rescued so quickly, he would be dead today,” McInnes said.

McInnes could not release the name of the injured man, but said the two police officers who saved him were Louis Nault, a 27-year veteran of the force, and Marc Filion.

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