Tourists stranded on Canadian Arctic ice floe make it to shore

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Some 20 tourists and their guides stuck on an ice floe off Baffin Island in the Canadian Arctic have all made it to shore and are waiting to be rescued by air.

The tourists are traveling with Arctic Kingdom Expeditions and company president Graham Dickson said Wednesday all of them got off the floe when it floated close to shore. Dickson expects they will be picked up by helicopter later Wednesday.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Yvonne Niego says the weather has been difficult.

The tour group — made up of Canadians, Americans, an Australian and a Jordanian — was stranded when a 50-kilometer (30-million mile) long slab of ice broke away from shore late Monday and floated out to sea. The tourists were properly outfitted for the conditions.