Chop­per pi­lot res­cued from ice floe

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

A Rus­sian he­li­copter pi­lot sur­vived a crash of his small he­li­copter into frigid Arc­tic wa­ters by scram­bling into a life-raft and then spend­ing more than 30 hours await­ing res­cue on an ice floe, mil­i­tary of­fi­cials said Mon­day. Sergey Ananov (shown here in a photo from his Face­book page) was on a solo, around-the-world jour­ney in his sin­gle-en­gine air­craft and was about half­way be­tween Iqualuit and Green­land when his Robin­son R22 he­li­copter ditched in the Davis Strait on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Rear Ad­mi­ral John New­ton says the search and res­cue co-or­di­na­tion cen­tre was no­ti­fied af­ter an on-board bea­con in­di­cated Ananov’s sin­gle-seat air­craft had de­scended to sea level and stopped mov­ing. The ad­mi­ral said the 49-year-old so­ci­ol­o­gist and jour­nal­ist had his life-raft close at hand and his sur­vival suit was on as it hit the wa­ter. “It’s wet, it’s cold, he has some po­lar bear neigh­bours who are very in­ter­ested in his where­abouts. He has quite a sur­vival story.” He was picked up by a he­li­copter from the coast guard ves­sel Pierre Radis­son Mon­day af­ter spend­ing 32 hours on the ice.

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