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Kinngait RCMP and the local fire department joined forces to come to the aid of a man who jumped into frigid waters near the community on the evening of June 30.

The man appeared to be in crisis and needing help, according to an RCMP news release issued Thursday afternoon. The responding officers and the volunteer firefighters were able to de-escalate the situation and brought the man back to shore.

The individual, who had been reported to police as intoxicated, was transported to the health centre to be treated for hypothermia and his mental health crisis.

The police thanked the Kinngait Fire Department, whose actions were described as “instrumental” in assisting the RCMP.

“The situation could have easily turned tragic if it weren’t for the quick actions and training of first responders,” said Cpl. Jamie Savikataaq.

Nunavut RCMP remind residents that help is available for those feeling sad, stressed or overwhelmed by calling the Kamatsiaqtut Help Line at 1-800-265-3333, or by visiting their website at http://nunavuthelpline.ca

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Derek Neary

Derek Neary has been reporting on developments in the North for 18 years. When he's not writing for Nunavut News, he's working on Northern News Services' special publications such as Opportunities North,...

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