Update: Stranded hunter rescued by military rescue team
Final Update: News headlines are buzzing that the stranded hunter has been picked up by the Cormorant helicopter and will soon be home, safe and warm with his family in Resolute.
The Windsor Star has reported that the rescue team is en route to Mr. Idlout Arctic location.
Jan. 25 Update
As of this morning, Mr. Idlout is still drifting along though the Arctic ice flow protecting himself from the extreme weather in an ice shelter he has built for himself. Rescue efforts that were hoped to have brought the man home late last night were, as of this morning still grounded by bad weather and waiting for the next break in weather to take off and save the stranded man. More information is expected later in the day.
Trapped on a chunk of ice in the "Arctic ice floe for two days near one of Canada's northernmost communities" since Friday, the National Post has relayed that 39 year old David Idlout will soon be home with his family in Resolute, Nunavut. Since the "Hercules aircraft dropped off supplies for him Saturday" and a new battery for his satellite phone, 39 year old David Idlout has been again able to keep his family updated on his situation, eat and keep dry in the provided tent.
Idlout had been out seal hunting on Friday when on his way home discovered a large crack in the ice ahead that had not been there on his way in earlier in the day. Since Friday, the chuck of ice Idlout has been inhabiting has drifted almost 20 kilometers. A rescue effort that has been delayed by weather conditions and mechanical mishaps is now fully underway to retrieve the stranded seal hunter.
The man is stranded in an extremely remote part of the North. The Cormorant helicopter that left Iqaluit Sunday morning had a journey of more than 1,400 kilometres to make, which was expected to take them nearly 14 hours, including extra stops for fuel.