Tourists Rescued After Nearly 2 Days Stranded in Canadian Arctic

Posted: June 27, 2013  |  By: Henry Austin [NBC News]

A group of campers stranded in the Canadian arctic for almost two days after an ice floe broke off was rescued by helicopter on Wednesday.

High winds and fog had forced the Royal Canadian Air Force to abandon at least two attempts to pick up the 10 tourists and 10 guides from the three-mile long piece of ice shelf in the remote Nunavut territory. The group awoke Tuesday to discover the ice floe had broken free.

Major Steve Neta said that two CH-146 Griffon helicopters were able to extract them shortly after 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

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