HALIFAX – A group of eight people reported missing during a canoe trip off the northern tip of Quebec were found by searchers in good condition, a search and rescue spokesman said Wednesday.
Lt. Edward Stansfield, of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Halifax, said the group of two adults and six children, ranging in age from four to 14, was spotted on land by a Hercules aircraft about 59 kilometres northeast of Kuujjuaq just before 1 a.m.
Stansfield said the military aircraft dropped provisions to the group which was later met by police in the area.
“Two loads of supplies were dropped off to them,” said Stansfield.
He said the group later resumed its trip.
“All the search assets were stood down once it was confirmed that they were healthy and not in need of medical attention.”
Stansfield said it wasn’t clear if the “detour” the group made was to avoid bad weather in the area of Ungava Bay. Strong winds, fog and rain moved into the area on the weekend and persisted until Tuesday.
The group, from Kangiqsualujuaq, headed out in their canoe on Saturday, bound for Tasiujaq on the west side of the bay.
A search was mounted after they failed to arrive at their destination on Monday.