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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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