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NEWS: Nunavut August 05, 2014 - 11:58 am

Man pinned 12 hours to edge of Nunavut island cliff, survives

Nova Scotia-based researcher in serious but stable condition in Winnipeg hospital

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A boulder came crashing down on Travis White Aug. 2 while he was studying seabirds on Digges Island. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WHITE FAMILY)
A boulder came crashing down on Travis White Aug. 2 while he was studying seabirds on Digges Island. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WHITE FAMILY)
The Digges Islands are known for their rocky cliffs, the nesting grounds for hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including the thick-billed murre. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WHITE FAMILY)
The Digges Islands are known for their rocky cliffs, the nesting grounds for hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including the thick-billed murre. (PHOTO COURTESY OF WHITE FAMILY)

(Updated Aug. 6)

The family of a Nova Scotia-based researcher is asking for financial help after he was seriously injured while working on a Nunavut Island last weekend.

Travis White was one of six researchers studying the thick-billed murre this summer on Digges Islands off this northwest tip of Nunavik, known for its seabird colonies.

On Aug. 2, the group was exploring the birds’ nesting site when a four-foot wide boulder came crashing down on White, pinning him on the edge of a cliff.

White remained at the edge of the cliff with first responders for 12 hours until a Canadian Forces Cormorant helicopter was able to rescue him and take him to Puvirnituq.

From there, While was flown by Hercules aircraft to a Winnipeg hospital, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

White, who was preparing to start a PhD at Carleton University is Ottawa this fall, faces an extended stay in hospital due to spinal injuries.

The man’s family, who live in Riverton, Nova Scotia, launched an crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo.com this week, asking for the public’s help with costs associated with White’s care.

The Digges Islands — West Digges and East Digges, or Saaqqayaaq-Qikirtasiit in Inuktitut — are located within Nunavut, although they are found just off the northern coast of Nunavik, near the community of Ivujivik.

The islands are known for their rocky cliffs, the nesting grounds for hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including the thick-billed murre.

 

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