Nunavik man drowns while swimming in river
Victim recovered from Inukjuak River later Wednesday evening
A Nunavik man drowned earlier this week while swimming in the Inukjuak River.
On Wednesday, July 10, the man reportedly went swimming in the river that runs through the Hudson coast community of Inukjuak. Temperatures that day were higher than normal, reaching almost 20 C.
The man was reported missing late on Wednesday afternoon when his clothes were found on the beach, with no sign of the swimmer.
The local hunter support department sent out a search and rescue boat that evening to look for the man.
His body was recovered from the river just after 11 p.m. that evening.
Police and civil security officials in Nunavik encourage swimmers and boaters to wear life jackets when they are out in the water.
A new water safety video produced by the Kativik Regional Government warns that, once submerged in the water, it only takes an adult 60 seconds to drown, while a child can drown in just 20 seconds.