[T]wo Dutch researchers, Marc Cornelissen, 46, and Philip de Roo, 30, are assumed to have died in the Arctic. â€œThey wanted to collect data about the melting ice cover.â€
According to Cornelissenâ€™s Twitter site, the pair began their expedition in late March. By early April they has set off on skis across Arctic sea ice accompanied by a husky. They had been posting daily reports at Twitter.
ResoluteAt times Cornelissen tweeted of unusually warm temperatures and even posted audios claiming to be skiing in shorts.
On April 29 things took a turn for the worse and the pair sent out an SOS while traveling near Bathurst Island, approximately 200 kilometers north of Resolute Bay.
On April 30 Cornelissenâ€™s Twitter site posted that the two were missing.
Spiegel writes that it is suspected that one of the pair fell through â€œthin iceâ€ and that their situation went unknown for a week. A Canadian search party found one body but the other member of the party remains missing. It is assumed that he has perished. Only the husky dog survived.
The site Cold Facts here posted a report stating that the ice conditions there were â€œvery poorâ€. The two researchers are said to have been experts in their fields. Question: Why were the two trekking on ice conditions described as â€œvery poorâ€? Shouldnâ€™t experts know better?
11 May 2015