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NEWS: Nunavut January 03, 2018 - 7:59 am

Two Nunavut youths suffer serious injuries in snowmobile collision

Two children, 12 and 13, medevaced out of Hall Beach

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Two youths, 12 and 13 years old, are out of their home community of Hall Beach for medical care after suffering serious injuries in a snowmobile collision Jan. 1. (FILE PHOTO)
Two youths, 12 and 13 years old, are out of their home community of Hall Beach for medical care after suffering serious injuries in a snowmobile collision Jan. 1. (FILE PHOTO)

A snowmobile mishap on New Year’s Day left two youth in Hall Beach with injuries so serious that they’ve each been medevaced out of the community.

Members of the Hall Beach RCMP detachment had responded to a collision Jan. 1 in which a snowmobile crashed into a shed, police said Jan. 2.

Police said the 13-year-old driver and his 12-year-old passenger each sustained serious injuries in the incident, and had been been flown out of the community of about 850 for more medical treatment.

“Although the investigation is ongoing, it has been determined that drugs and alcohol were not a contributing factor,” the RCMP release said.

They also warned that it’s important to always wear a helmet and protective gear when operating a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle.

And soon all drivers of snowmobiles and other vehicles on public roads will have to be at least 15 years old, police said.

That’s according to the new Nunavut Traffic Safety Act, given assent last June, in the Nunavut legislature, which comes into force Dec. 31, 2018.

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(7) Comments:

#1. Posted by Lame Brain on January 03, 2018

Every time there’s a story about Hall Beach we get this stupid picture of the ‘Hall’?

#2. Posted by Charles Francis Hall on January 03, 2018

AIRPORT

#3. Posted by Kinakiaq on January 03, 2018

#LameBrian that is all you have to say? It’s not a picture of the hall, it’s a picture of the air port.

#4. Posted by Unnecessary injuries on January 03, 2018

At least 15 years old?  That’s still too young considering that kids who are allowed to drive already don’t get proper training in the first place. And Inuit don’t give sufficient time for their ATVs and snow machines to warm up.

#5. Posted by Lame Brain on January 03, 2018

#3 Yes, that’s all I have to say…

Though I would like to clarify, thanks to you: That all “we get this stupid picture of the ‘airport’?

#6. Posted by No tomorrow on January 03, 2018

We have the same thing about kids driving in nunavik. Kids with no awareness to the seriousness of being injured. Speeding around on parents snowmobile, hinting to be medivaced to Montreal children’s hospital. And they don’t appear to be learning from the accidents. Most if not all of these kids, and the parents, are hearing about or seeing others injured, but no awareness that it could happen to them. Not bright.

#7. Posted by Rick Sr. on January 04, 2018

Yep, you will definitely see the Hall Beach airport picture again when there is another news from there. Nunatsiaq News must have only picture of that for Hall Beach.

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