Nunavik man drowns while swimming in river

Victim recovered from Inukjuak River later Wednesday evening

The Inukjuak River is a popular boating and swimming spot in the summer months. Officials in Nunavik are encouraging people to wear life jackets in the water, after a man drowned in Inukjuak this past week. (Photo courtesy of

By Nunatsiaq News

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.

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  1. Posted by Nunavimmiuq on

    Deepest condolences to immediate families, aalummialuk.

    The victim was known to have epileptic seizures.


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