Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Joint Task Force (North)

Joint Task Force (North)

May 08, 2008 22:48 ET

Canadian Forces Help Find Missing Family

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Canadian Forces members today successfully helped locate a family of seven who had been missing for a week in a remote region of Nunavut after searchers followed a signal fire the family had lit. Canadian Rangers from Nunavut had joined in the search that also included Canadian Forces aircraft, RCMP personnel, and local volunteers. Searchers were able to locate the missing family after sighting their burning snowmobile and komatiq (sled) in a remote area of the Melville peninsula. The assistance of the Canadian Forces had been requested by the Nunavut Emergency Management Organization and RCMP due to the vastness of the search area and prolonged duration.

"Any search and rescue operation is grueling for the men and women who perform this vital function, whether on the water, from the air, or on land," said Lieutenant-General Marc Dumais, Commander of Canada Command. "I am heartened to hear of the success of this most recent search and rescue and am immensely proud of the people who have committed so much effort to this mission."

The Canadian Rangers are skilled Reserve members of the CF. They are experienced in Arctic survival and are deployed almost every time the CF operates on the land in the North. There are currently 4,200 Canadian Rangers in 165 communities across Canada but this number is expected to increase to 4,800 as part of the Government of Canada's expansion plan.
One of six regional commands reporting to Canada Command in Ottawa, Joint Task Force North is responsible for the conduct of all routine and contingency operations in Canada's North.

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