Nunavik couple presumed drowned on camping trip

“Please keep the family, friends and all of the community in your prayers”

A Salluit couple is believed to have drowned on a camping trip early this week. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Nunavimmiut are mourning the loss of a Salluit couple who are believed to have drowned on a camping trip early this week.

Connie Ikey Keatainak and Tuuka Keatainak Sr., both aged 47, left Salluit on July 30 by boat to travel to their camp about five kilometres west of the village.

When their family had not heard from them by Aug. 2, they reported the couple missing.

Later that same day, searchers discovered the couple’s boat on the shore opposite their camp, the Kativik Regional Police Force said in an Aug. 6 news release.

Canadian Rangers joined the search that evening in the area around the camp, though crews found no sign of the couple.

When the police inspected the boat, the engine was no longer functioning, and other campers interviewed in the area said the sea was rough that day.

The police and community search crews believe the couple likely fell into the water and drowned, while their boat drifted to the opposite shore. The KRPF said there were no signs of foul play.

The police have since contacted the Sûreté du Québec to deploy a team of divers to search the area, but the depth of the water and the current in that particular area prevent an undersea search for the time being, the KRPF said.

Community-based search crews will continue ground searches over the next couple of days and attempt to use some underwater cameras to scan the seabed.

“Please keep the family, friends and all of the community in your prayers,” a first responder wrote on a community Facebook page, “as well please visit the families so they aren’t alone.”

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by Peter Tookalook on

    My Friend, I am deeply saddened by this lost, condolence to the family, I will surely miss you.

  2. Posted by Carolyn E. Michelin on

    Such sad news. Connie was a distant relatives of my husband. Our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Connie and Tuuka!! Praying that you will find comfort in the memories you shared.
    Richard and Carolyn Michelin

  3. Posted by David & Joanna Bouck on

    We are truly sadden by the death of our friends. We do want to reach out to their families and friends. We trust that they will find comfort in the promises of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

  4. Posted by Nick on

    I had the privilege of working with Tuuka and Connie and was deeply impressed by how much they cared for their children. I will miss them dearly.

  5. Posted by Dr. Jack Hirschberg on

    I am saddened to hear of the death of Tuuka and Connie. I was the forensic psychologist who wrote a report to Superior Court requesting that Customary Adoption be granted to Tuuka and Connie over the request for custody by the father based on biological rights. I hope and pray that the issue is not raised again, putting the child and community through a trauma on top of the trauma of losing their loved couple. May the Tuuka and Connie’s memory be for a blessing, and may all who loved them find peace.

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