Resolute Bay hunter survives three nights adrift on ice

By NUNATSIAQ NEWS

A Resolute Bay hunter is safe at home after spending three nights adrift on an ice pan in the Barrow Strait.

David Idlout, 39, was plucked Monday afternoon from the ice about 45 kilometres from Resolute Bay by a Canadian Forces Cormorant helicopter.

In a news release, RCMP said Idlout arrived back in the community Monday afternoon and was met by relieved family and friends. He was cold and tired, but didn’t need medical attention, police said.

Idlout’s family has asked for privacy, but police said they’re grateful to everyone who helped in the rescue.

Idlout had been out hunting near the floe edge when a piece of ice broke off and started drifting in open water.

After local search and rescue found him Jan. 22, a Hercules aircraft dropped supplies including food, water, shelter, a camp stove with fuel, communication gear and an emergency locator beacon.

According to media reports, the Cormorant’s arrival in Resolute Bay from CFB Greenwood, NS was delayed by mechanical problems and bad weather.

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