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20 tourists rescued from drifting Arctic ice floe near Nunavut

Two groups, hunters and tourists, were stranded on ice floes in Admiralty Inlet near Arctic Bay, Nunavut.
A camping trip on the Arctic ice became a real getaway on Tuesday as an floe carrying 20 tourists split off, sending them adrift off the coast of Nunavut.

The Canadian Press reports a piece of the ice five kilometres long broke off from where the the tourists had set up camp during an expedition with the adventure tour company Arctic Kingdom.

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The group quickly found themselves going with the floe as the tide pulled the ice away from shore in Admiralty Inlet off the coast of Arctic Bay, Nunavut. CBC reported the group was stranded overnight, although an aircraft was able to drop off supplies including life rafts.

Thankfully for these adventurers, their impromptu ice raft began to float toward shore and early on Wednesday morning it bumped into another chunk of ice that was touching shore, according to CNN.

Arctic Kingdom posted online that everyone was safely back on land an no one was injured.

"The travellers are in good spirits," the update said.

The tourists are waiting at a cabin where a helicopter will pick them up sometime on Wednesday, CBC reported. Another nearby ice floe also stranded a group of 11 hunters on Tuesday, according to CBC. They made it back to shore later that afternoon when their bit of ice floated near shore.

Arctic Kingdom's Nunavut vacations boast access to natural beauty and the chance to see whales and polar bears.

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"This action packed Getaway to the Arctic will leave you wanting more," the description says.

Well, these tourists might have found enough adventure for one season.

 

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