Calls for better Arctic rescue services

2013-05-13 21:53
Arctic (Picture: AP)

Arctic (Picture: AP)

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Oslo - Arctic nations must urgently improve rescue services in the resource-rich region that is opening up fast to shipping, energy and mining companies, Canadian experts said on Monday.

Faster responses to emergencies for people living in the Arctic, including floods or forest fires, were also urgently needed, the report said.

In 2010, the Clipper Adventurer cruise ship ran aground on an uncharted rock off northern Canada. No one was hurt but the nearest icebreaker was 800km away and it took six days before a ship arrived to rescue the passengers.

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