Group of tourists stranded on slab of ice in Canadian Arctic

Published June 26, 2013

| Associated Press

Police say a group of tourists on an ice floe in the Canadian Arctic will likely be stranded there until early Wednesday morning.

They were set adrift when a 30-mile long slab of ice broke away from Baffin Island sometime between Monday night and early Tuesday and floated several miles out to sea.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokeswoman Cpl. Yvonne Niego said Tuesday that the 20 people trapped on the ice floe include local guides, and Canadian and foreign tourists. They have a camp, shelter and supplies.

Niego says 10 hunters who were also trapped managed to cross over onto land after the chunk of ice split and their end floated close to shore Tuesday afternoon.

The floe the tourists are on remains afloat.