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NEWS: Nunavut July 16, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Seven Nunavut hunters stranded on an ice floe

Group near Arctic Bay reported to be in good spirits

SARAH ROGERS
Seven hunters from Arctic Bay are stranded in Admiralty Inlet after the ice floe they were hunting off broke off July 14. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Seven hunters from Arctic Bay are stranded in Admiralty Inlet after the ice floe they were hunting off broke off July 14. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Seven hunters from Arctic Bay have been stranded on an ice floe along the east coast of Admiralty Inlet since July 14.

Nunavut RCMP said members of a local hunting party were in contact with the community July 14, reporting that the floe edge the group was hunting on had broken off earlier that day.

But two helicopters deployed July 16 from Resolute Bay and Pond Inlet to rescue the group had to turn back due to heavy fog in the area.

Weather continues to be a major factor preventing the group from being rescued, said RCMP spokeswoman Yvonne Niego.

But Niego said the group is in communication with the hamlet and local hunters and trappers organization, and are reported to be “in good health and spirits.”

The stranded hunters have four qamutiks with supplies and one small boat with them.

Arctic Bay’s hunters and trappers organization has closed access to the floe edge for now until conditions clear.

The weather forecast this week in the region calls for mild temperatures, rain and fog patches.

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(9) Comments:

#1. Posted by Just me on July 16, 2014

They use to blame the ships for this. Who do they blame now??

#2. Posted by @#1 on July 16, 2014

Youuu!!

#3. Posted by Help Truth Out on July 16, 2014

I’m sure the HTO can exercise quite a bit of moral suasion and successfully urge locals not to go out to the floe edge, but to suggest they can “close access to the floe edge” is ridiculous and it’s preposterous to report it that way without qualification. It’s like saying the Rotary Club has repealed the Education Act.

#4. Posted by Him on July 16, 2014

<<<<<just you>>>>>>

#5. Posted by hunter3 on July 17, 2014

This seems to happen every year now in Arctic Bay.

#6. Posted by fish game hunter from southeast baffin (nuvuatiami on July 17, 2014

Not something new to hunter but with these communications and technologies they seem to be in lil desparete but taking part an beung there was more of fun hunting knowing the area and how they cope with,cmon ppl closing is not part of inuit way of living , live it to believe it PLEASE bot by the book or paper to be. Inuujugut tamana nunavut ajungitavut….

#7. Posted by Bob on July 17, 2014

This is an annual event….smarten up!

#8. Posted by snapshot on July 17, 2014

these are full time hunters and all the commentors are cubicle sitters. this is not a new thing to be stranded on an ice floe, its been going on for thousands of years. We are just starting to hear about it.

#9. Posted by Lou on July 17, 2014

And they made it back home, way to go hunters….

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