20 tourists adrift on ice shelf in Canadian arctic reach shore

June 26, 2013 at 8:41 AM

IQALUIT, Nunavut, June 26 (UPI) -- Twenty tourists stranded on a chunk of ice in the Canadian arctic were safely back on shore Wednesday, rescue officials said.

The rescuers told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. the tourists, part of the adventure group Arctic Kingdom, managed to walk to shore after the ice shifted and moved back toward land.

There were no initial reports of any injuries.

Niore Iqalukjua, Artic Bay's search and rescue coordinator, said the tourists were in a cabin and would be picked up by a helicopter later in the day.

The group of tourists was camping near Admiralty Inlet in Canada's northernmost province, Nunavut, Tuesday when the 4-square-mile ice shelf they were on broke free and began drifting, CNN reported.

"Ice breaking off is a very common thing at this time of year," Canadian Air Force spokesman Steven Neta said.

A Royal Canadian Air Force plane circled the campers' location and made three drops of survival kits, including satellite phones, rations and rubber rafts in case the ice further crumbles, CNN said.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy drops bid for speaker
WikiLeaks offering $50K for video of Afghan hospital bombing
Murdoch sorry for implying Obama's not a 'real black president'
Reid sues exercise companies over eye injury
Lumber Liquidators to pay $10M in DOJ settlement