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NEWS: Nunavut July 14, 2014 - 11:15 am

Fishers rescue three boys from drowning near western Nunavut hamlet

Boys pulled July 10 from river near Cambridge Bay

Three boys were rescued just outside of Cambridge Bay July 10 after nearly drowning in Freshwater Creek. (PHOTO BY GLORIA SONG)
Three boys were rescued just outside of Cambridge Bay July 10 after nearly drowning in Freshwater Creek. (PHOTO BY GLORIA SONG)


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.”

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by Questionable Intentions on July 14, 2014

Thank you Bruce and Stuart, pound it!

#2. Posted by Derek on July 14, 2014

Awesome to hear that they are actually people out there who care.

#3. Posted by George Hakongak on July 14, 2014

Good to see that there were adults around to save the boys, hats off to you.
A good ending to a day that could have been tragic….

#4. Posted by #2 on July 14, 2014

Is it a common thing for people to simply watch 3 boys drown and not do anything about it? Sad…

#5. Posted by what about Dennis on July 14, 2014

this story is missing the third rescuer, Dennis Kaomayok. he too was there along with Bruce and Stuart to save these boys.

quana to the brave men our community avoided a tragedy

#6. Posted by Jeannie Evalik on July 14, 2014

Yes! Thank you to these brave men, and my brave nephew, whose name was not mentioned! Dennis Kaomayok. Couple of years ago a little girl was saved in the same spot by our local hero, Jimmy Okhina. These names should be honored by our Nunavut Commissioner, Edna Elias.

#7. Posted by Local on July 15, 2014

Hats off to Stuart, Bruce, and Dennis! I hope the Hamlet or even the community will stand up and recognize the brave actions of these men - risking their own lives to save the young boys.
Happy to hear that the boys are safe and sound with their families. Hope that there will be more awareness of how dangerous the river and ocean are.

#8. Posted by Anna and Joe on July 16, 2014

As your parents, we have always been proud of you Bruce. Your sense of responsibility does not match your chronological age. Fly high and shine with tones of Blessings our son

#9. Posted by Anna and Joe Kambarami on July 16, 2014

To Stuart and Dennis we say well done guys, you are our heroes, we salute you. . Keep up the good work. We recognise the risk you took upon your lives to save those little guys.

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