Chopper pilot rescued from ice floe
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.