A crack in an arctic ice shelf (CP file photo)Every year, across the country, we hear a score of stories about not-so-bright skiers or hikers who go out of bounds into remote areas and elicit full-scale searches costing tax payers thousands of dollars.
But $2.7 million?
According to a story in the National Post, that's how much it cost Department of National Defence to rescue a group of wealthy tourists during a high-class excursion in the Arctic.
The military was called on June 25 after an ice floe on Admiralty Inlet, near Arctic Bay on Baffin Island, broke away during the night with a tour group and an Inuit hunting party camping atop.
The rescue mission started after the tour group — comprised of 10 tourists from Japan, Jordan, Australia, Britain, France, United States and Canada and 10 staff — noticed the floe, 50 kilometres long and 25 km wide, was drifting toward the Northwest Passage.
The rescue mission, according to the Post, included military personnel, three Hercules transport planes from as far away as Winnipeg, threeRead More »from DND expenses $2.7 million to rescue wealthy tourists on Arctic excursion