“Noah saw Glenn starting to drown … Noah pulled him out right away,” said Pauline.
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But Noah’s work was far from over — Pauline’s seven-year-old son was in trouble.
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Pauline said Glenn jumped in the water to try to rescue them, but he didn’t know how to swim.
It was a terrifyingly close call for a family with a three-month-old baby last weekend, when their sled plunged through the ice near Igloolik, Nunavut.
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The family headed back to the community the next day, grateful for the passersby and Noah.
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The passing family rescued Pauline and her relatives — throwing a rope to help get the mother and her baby out of the water. Then, they set up a tent and got the stove going for them to warm up, said Pauline.
Pauline said the family of five travelled about 40 minutes southwest of Igloolik and set up camp.
Once he got all warm and fed, he started to smile again.- Pauline Amaaq
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But along the way, Pauline said the sled started slowly sinking through the ice. Pauline, her kids, and her brother were inside a small shelter on the sled as it took on water.
Pauline Amaaq and her partner Glenn Iyyiraq planned a trip to take their seven-year-old son and three-month-old baby ice fishing.
Pauline’s three-month-old son was saved from icy waters recently when the family’s sled fell through the ice. (Pauline Amaaq/Facebook)
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“When the smoke alarm sounds, get out fast,” the fire department warned. “You may only have seconds to escape safely.”
‘I’m drowning. I’m drowning,’ is what my boy was saying.- Pauline Amaaq
“‘I’m drowning, I’m drowning,’ is what my boy was saying. But my poor boy had no clue he was saying that,” said Pauline, in Inuktitut.
While the family was soaking wet, another family heading home drove by and saw the chaos.
Glenn Iyyiraq, back left, holds his seven-year-old son, while Pauline Amaaq, at centre, holds their baby. Pauline’s brother, Noah Amaaq, sits beside them on the right. (Pauline Amaaq/Facebook)
“We got really excited and started looking for a path,” said Pauline, who was on the qamutik — a traditional Inuit sled attached to the snowmobile — along with her brother and her two kids in tow, while Glenn dragged them by snowmobile.
There was minor damage to the house next door, but those occupants won’t be displaced.
Glenn went searching for routes to get to some fishing holes, and saw other families ice fishing in a different area.
Her brother Noah pulled the seven-year-old to safety, and Pauline and her baby managed to stay afloat on the qamutik.
“When I wanted to feed him, poor boy was all weak and cold … So I fed him and warmed him up. Once he got all warm and fed, he started to smile again,” said Pauline.
After hearing about their trip, Pauline’s brother, Noah Amaaq, also joined in at the last minute.
A fire investigator was sent to the scene to determine a cause and the extent of damages.
Another family stopped and set up camp to keep soaked family of 5 warm
It was a terrifyingly close call for a family with a three-month-old baby last weekend, when they plunged through the ice near Igloolik, Nunavut.
They found heavy flames at the two-story detached house near the intersection of Hazeldean Road and Huntmar Drive and called a second alarm at 2:25 a.m. The flames were extinguished by 2:55 a.m.
The qamutik — a traditional Inuit sled attached to the snowmobile pictured here — started slowly sinking while Pauline Amaaq and her family were looking for a spot to go ice fishing. Pauline, her brother Noah, and her two young boys were inside a small shelter on the sled as it started sinking.