Marc and Philip update: Recovery team set off

Posted: May 07, 2015 02:58 am EDT


(Correne Coetzer) A snowmobile team has set off from Resolute Bay to the site where the two polar skiers/researchers have presumably drowned.


After dog Kimnik has been brought home to Resolute Bay from the Arctic ice where she guarded Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo’s sleds, the Canadian authorities in Resolute and Iqaluit are still working on the continuation of the recovery operation.


The recovery operation's focus is bringing home Marc and Philip with all their equipment. They believe that there is a possibility that the two men may still be attached under the sled in the water, after they have presumably drowned.


Yesterday the Cold Facts team reported, "after some difficult days of waiting, a new attempt to bring Marc and Philip home has just started. Due to severe weather conditions and unstable ice, an early recovery flight has returned without results. Now a snowmobile team just left Resolute to approach the site by land. This recovery expedition will take about two to three days."


Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo have presumably drowned on April 29th in the Arctic while on a scientific expedition, researching ice thickness and climate change. They were two experienced polar explorers. Marc is the founder of Cold Facts, an organization doing scientific research in the polar regions supported by the expertise of polar expeditions. Cold Facts encourages and facilitates scientific polar research, including measuring ice thickness or taking samples of snow.  





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Philip de Roo and Marc Cornelissen in Resolute Bay early April, before they departed on their science expedition.
courtesy Cold Facts, SOURCE
Marc and Philips' route plan.
courtesy Cold Facts, SOURCE