Friday, May 9, 2008

Lost Nunavut family found safe towing sled to community, officials say

HALL BEACH, Nunavut — Seven family members lost in the Arctic for a week were found safe Thursday, with the parents towing their children behind them in the sled formerly pulled by their snowmobile.

"There's a helicopter on site and they're being evacuated to Hall Beach," said Bill Kennedy, a search co-ordinator in Repulse Bay, Nunavut, the community the family had set out from on May 1.

"We were pretty happy to hear that. It's a happy resolution to kind of a long trip."

The search for the family - with five children under 12, including two one-year-olds - began Sunday after they didn't show up in Hall Beach, about a 250-kilometre trek from Repulse Bay.

The search was limited to ground crews until Thursday, when foggy, cloudy weather lifted enough to allow an airplane and a helicopter to join the effort.

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