Whale Cove teenager drowns in local lake
"It’s the time of year where people are out in the water, and it can be dangerous"
One of Nunavut’s smallest hamlets, Whale Cove, is mourning the death of an 18-year-old man who drowned in the Kivalliq community July 14.
The young man was in Old Water Lake that evening when, at around 7:00 p.m., witnesses said he went underwater and didn’t surface.
A group of people brought the man on shore and made efforts to revive him, but he was later declared dead at the local health centre, the RCMP said.
The RCMP called the drowning accidental.
“But we’d like to caution Nunavummiut that it’s the time of year where people are out in the water, and it can be dangerous,” said RCMP spokeswoman Yvonne Niego. “Especially with the hot weather in certain parts of Nunavut, caution should be used when in the water.”
Niego also warned against drinking while swimming or boating.
Just last week, three boys from Cambridge Bay were rescued from almost drowning in a creek outside the Kitikmeot community.
The three boys were fishing when a strong current pulled them into a deeper section of the creek but they were rescued by a couple of men who happened to be nearby.