“They were lucky no polar bears spotted them”

“Arctic ice claims another ship – this time with a sinking,” reads the headline. Canadian Coast Guard rescues 2 passengers from sinking sailboat stranded on ice floe

“An 11 meter sailboat was crushed and sunk by Arctic ice in the Bellot strait on 8/29/2018. The vessel was attempting the Northwest Passage. The captain may have believed the propaganda about an ice free Arctic in 2018.” (from WUWT)

“CCGS Larsen helicopter picked two stranded individuals off ice floe and they appeared unharmed. The conditions were rather heavy fog with little wind. They had spent 11 hours on the ice floe and they were lucky no Polar Bears spotted them. In that time span the ice floe traveled westbound and eastbound in Bellot Strait currents.” (emphasis added) (from ArcticNorthwestPassage)

A tug and an icebreaker were ordered to respond. “The icebreaker is likely to need more than 11 hours to reach the scene of the accident.”

Arctic ice claims another ship – this time with a sinking

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9 thoughts on ““They were lucky no polar bears spotted them””

  1. Perhaps the Canadian’s should bill them for their transport out of danger. The temperature profile within the Canadian Archipelago is much lower than the mid Arctic Ocean area still ice free due to Meridional Jet stream warmish air and normal Gulf Stream activities around Scandinavia.
    Last year the freeze started early, this year it started even earlier , particularly within the more northern regions of the Archipelago.

  2. from info at WUWT from people who sail
    the vessel wasnt even likely to cope with much stress at it was aluminium .
    it seems wood with an extra coating to prevent ice literally slicing it to shreds is ok- with heavy steel reinforced hulls the best option.
    i hope they get a bill for rescue, as they put others at risk to save em.
    and then theres the tanks of oil/petrol that went down
    wonder if the green agw media will yell “cleanup” pristine ice area and all..as they would for anyne with a company label

  3. They should be charged for polluting the environment and required to reimburse Canadian taxpayers the cost of the rescue.

  4. Bellot Strait is actually a neat short cut that the old explorers didn’t know about. Mountains to the north reflect sunlight and create a sort of weak solar oven that makes the strait often be free of sea-ice by late summer. The people daring the Northwest Passage all take this shortcut now. But this year the waters to the west were clotted with ice, and it looks like the ice was sucked through the strait.

    These fellows should have heeded the Canadian Coast Guard, which was advising people not to attempt the passage this year. But sailors tend to be crazy, or else they’d stay safely on shore. So they join a long line of sailors who got their ships crushed. 33 whaling ships got crushed north of Alaska in 1871. The Jeanette got crushed by the New Siberian Islands in 1881.

    We actually have historical records that show sea-ice comes and goes, but it seems to be suppressed because a cycle is not a spiral, and Alarmists need a spiral to have a dreaded “Death Spiral”. But it does look very much like, in terms of the AMO, we are at the end of the “warm” period and are entering a colder period. I actually like sailors heading up there, for they give us on the scene reporting.


  5. Anybody else watch the show “The Terror”? Dang good I must say.
    In 1848, two real life warships, HMS Terror and HMS Erebus, sent on a Royal Naval expedition to find the treacherous Northwest Passage become trapped in ice near Arctic and face starvation, mutiny, cannibalism and a demonic polar bear.

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