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A Canadian Ranger died in a snowmobile accident during a routine exercise in Nunavut Sunday, the Armed Forces reported Tuesday.
Cpl. Donald Anguyoak was acting as lead scout for the Gjoa Haven Canadian Ranger Patrol during Exercise Polar Passage at the time. The crash happened about 24 km southwest of Gjoa Haven.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Cpl. Donald Anguyoak at this difficult time," army commander Lt.-Gen. Peter Devlin said in a release.
The army said there will be an investigation into Anguyoak's death to determine the cause and any contributing factors.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper offered his condolences.
"This is a stark reminder of the very real dangers that the Canadian Rangers and other members of the Canadian Armed Forces face regularly while promoting national security and exercising sovereignty in our harsh northern territories."
The Canadian Rangers are Reserve members with arctic survival experience who are deployed whenever the military operates in the North.