Icebreaker rescue unlikely
A community leader in the Far North is praying Mother Nature will help free a pod of killer whales trapped under sea ice after he was informed an icebreaker would not be coming to the rescue.
Video footage taken by people in the Quebec village of Inukjuak showed the massive animals thrusting themselves skyward through an opening in the ice as they gasped for air from their blowholes.
Locals say about a dozen orcas gathered around the hole, which was slightly bigger than a pickup truck, amid their desperate bid to take in oxygen.
Mayor Peter Inukpuk urged the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Wednesday to send an icebreaker as soon as possible to smash nearby floes to help the mammals reach open water.
But Inukpuk told The Canadian Press later in the day that DFO informed him the icebreakers were too far from the area for such a mission.
Now, he's hoping a strong wind will come out of the east to push the floating ice far away enough from shore to free the killer whales.