Fishers rescue three boys from drowning near western Nunavut hamlet
Boys pulled July 10 from river near Cambridge Bay
Three boys were taken to the health centre in Cambridge Bay July 10 after nearly drowning in what is commonly known as Freshwater Creek at around 8 p.m.
Two men — Bruce Kambarami and Stuart Rostant — who had just begun fishing, jumped into the freezing water after hearing the boys, who were all under the age of 15, yelling for help.
“We just threw our rods down and ran toward them,” said Kambarami.
The shallow creek has an abrupt and deep drop-off. The current pulled the young boys over the edge while they were fishing and playing in the water.
The weight from Kambarami and Rostant’s clothes and boots made it difficult for the men to swim out to the boys.
“When I finally reached the kid that was closest to me, the current was pushing us around,” said Rostant. “I was holding on to him and I was able to give him one or two pulls and then luckily my feet touched the ground and I was able to drag him to shore.”
Once the first boy was safe on land, the current had pulled the other two boys onto a shallow spot and they were able to stand up again, Rostant said.
An ambulance arrived shortly after the boys were helped to get back on shore. A first response team and the Cambridge Bay RCMP also arrived to offer help.
The RCMP said that if it weren’t for the “caring adults from the community” the boys might not have reached safety.
“The kids are safe,” said Kambarami. “That’s all that matters.”