Nunavik man, woman die after snowmobile goes through ice

Akulivik couple’s bodies recovered by search crew on June 7

Civil security officials in Nunavik urge caution to those travelling by sea ice or by land; travellers should also always check weather conditions in advance and let someone know their travel plans. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Search and rescue crews in Nunavik have recovered the bodies of a man and a woman who drowned in Hudson Bay last week.

The couple from Akulivik were snowmobiling along the sea ice in the early hours of June 7 when their vehicles reportedly broke through the ice. The two other people in their group returned to the community for help.

The local search and rescue team returned to the site, about 40 kilometres outside of Akulivik, and recovered both individuals later the same day.

The victims have been identified as Brenda Angutigirk and Thomassiah Angutigirk.

Civil security officials in Nunavik have urged caution to anyone travelling along the sea ice or by land. They recommend travellers carry with them a communications device, extra provisions, clothing, a First Aid kit and ropes.

Travellers should always check weather conditions before they leave and let people know their travel itinerary.

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