Teen Survives Night Stranded With Polar Bears

Canadian youth rescued from Arctic ice floe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2009 5:00 AM CST
A photo taken by Canada Froces from the air shows a teenage hunter trapped on an ice floe in Hudson Bay.   (AP Photo/The Canadian Press)

(Newser) – A 17-year-old Inuit youth is in a local hospital with hypothermia after spending over 24 hours stranded on a drifting ice floe in Canada's Hudson Bay with three polar bears. The teen became separated from his uncle as the two walked back toward a settlement after their snowmobile broke down during a hunting trip, the Toronto Star reports.

A search and rescue flight eventually spotted the teen on a large chunk of floating ice, where he had shot one polar bear in self-defense and moved as far away from the other two as possible. Rescuers parachuted down to perform first aid. "They had to bodysurf through some of the smaller bits of ice and water and get themselves over to the young man," a rescue co-ordinator told CBC.