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NEWS: Nunavut August 07, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Hercules pulls out of search for missing Igloolik boy

16-year-old Daryl Auksaq disappeared en route to a fishing spot

SARAH ROGERS
Search and rescue crews are combing the shoreline in Igloolik for traces of a missing 16-year-old. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KATILVIK.COM)
Search and rescue crews are combing the shoreline in Igloolik for traces of a missing 16-year-old. (PHOTO COURTESY OF KATILVIK.COM)

Search and rescue crews in Igloolik continue to comb the local shoreline hoping to find a trace of 16-year-old Daryl Auksaq, who went missing early Aug. 5.

The teenage boy was travelling alone in a boat with a group of other boaters that morning, en route to popular fishing spot about 20 minutes away.

A relative said that when the other boaters looked behind them for Auksaq, they saw his empty boat spinning in circles.

Local crews and the RCMP initiated a ground search that day, and were assisted later by a Hercules aircraft dispatched from the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Trenton, Ont.

But the Hercules completed its search early Aug. 6, said a marine control spokesperson at the coordination centre.

Auksaq’s disappearance is now considered a missing person case.

The hamlet of Igloolik’s senior administrative officer, Brian Flemming, said a half dozen boats have been searching the area where Auksaq first disappeared, with help from search and rescue crews from nearby Hall Beach.

Ground search crews continue to comb the shoreline, he said.

“We’ll have to sit down tomorrow and decide if we continue the search or go into recovery mode,” Flemming said.

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