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Police on snowmobiles rescue men stranded near Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation

Three men who couldn’t make a trip to a camp and back due to extreme cold were towed to safety in a snowmobile-drawn toboggan on Feb. 18.

Three men who set out for a camp ill-prepared for extreme cold were towed to safety by Nelson House RCMP officers on snowmobiles Feb. 18.

Police received a call about the three men, aged 25, 33 and 36, around 4 p.m.. The trio had ben travelling on foot for a camp near Threepoint Lake, approximately four kilometres south of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. The men were walking toward the camp when they realized they would not be able to make the return trip due to the extremely cold temperatures in the -30 to -35 degrees Celsius range.

Two officers on snowmobiles located the men, two of whom were not properly dressed for the weather conditions. The men were towed back to the nursing station in a toboggan behind one of the snowmobiles.

At the nursing station, they were examined for possible frostbite and one man was found to have significant medical issues that resulted in him being taken to Thompson General Hospital. He was treated there and has since been released.

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