Top Churchill Wild guide Andy MacPherson was among 20 people stranded on a 50 km ice floe in Admiral Inlet near Arctic Bay, Nunavut. He was not working for Churchill Wild at the time. Everyone has now made it home safely!
Staff at Seal River Lodge considered organizing a rescue mission, but it would have taken three weeks to get to Baffin Island by Zodiak and the Canadian Forces had more equipment and resources at their disposal.
The Canadian Forces located the stranded group and dropped off survival rescue kits with a Hercules aircraft. The group was stranded until Wednesday due to the distance helicopters had to travel to get to them. Weather was also a factor.
A group of 11 hunters who were stranded on a separate ice floe also made it home safely. According to the CBC Web site story, the rescue was to be a joint effort between Nunavut Protection Services, the local Arctic Bay search and rescue organization, Joint Task Force North from Iqaluit and the Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Trenton.
See you soon Andy!