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Date: 2004-04-05
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Nunavut
State: NU
Country: CANADA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: Young boy buried and killed in river bank slide


April 9, 2004

Avalanche near Pond Inlet kills boy

An 11-year-old Pond Inlet boy died last Sunday after being hit by an avalanche near an area known as the Coal Mine on the Salmon River, where he was playing.

"It was next to a river bed, about 25 kilometers south of Pond Inlet. It's hilly on the sides. They were playing on the side of the river bed. Therre was a lot of snow and quite large ice chunks that came down. It was sloped coming down," police said. "We had a blizzard a few days before which may have unsettled the snow and caused it to slide down the hill. It was still a smooth hill but it shifted down."

According to the RCMP, three people had just passed the area when the avalanche occurred, and they turned around and began searching for the boy. Within 20 minutes, alerted by a message from the area, numerous searchers arrived at the scene to help with the search.

After about 80 minutes, the boy was found under the snow.

Two nurses at the scene began cardio-pulmonary resusciation and the boy was transported to the health centre, where further attempts were made to revive him, but he never regained consciousness.

Police are withholding the identity of the boy to ensure all his next-of-kin are notified first.

His funeral is to be held next week.