MISHAPS

Some­times dis­as­ters can cause dam­age, but no loss of life. Which of these some­what dis­as­trous events do you think might be real, and which fake?

Kayak (Canada) - - HISTORY MYSTERY -

FLOAT­ING AWAY

A group of high school stu­dents from Pond In­let, Nu­navut, along with their sci­ence teacher, a hunter, Inuit el­ders and oth­ers went out on the sea ice on Jun. 1, 1997 for a bi­ol­ogy field trip. The next day, the ice broke off and floated away from land. Bad weather kept res­cuers away, and po­lar bear tracks made the group ner­vous, but they had lots of sup­plies and the el­ders’ knowl­edge to keep them safe. They drifted 90 kilo­me­tres from land dur­ing their five days on the ice.They left about $50,000 worth of equip­ment be­hind when a he­li­copter fi­nally picked them up, but ev­ery­one sur­vived.

VOT­ING IN THE WIND

Peo­ple in Prince Ed­ward Is­land were pre­pared for the worst that Hur­ri­cane Juan could throw at them when it hit on Sept. 29, 2003. Boats were tossed around the Char­lot­te­town har­bour and barns were flat­tened as winds of up to 139 kilo­me­tres per hour raged through the east­ern part of the is­land. The bad weather de­layed the pro­vin­cial elec­tion un­der­way that day, but more than 80% of vot­ers still made it out to have their say.

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