Wednesday 18 October 2017

Irish couple forced to abandon North Pole expedition due to sled accident

Adventurers Dr Clare O'Leary and Mike O'Shea
Adventurers Dr Clare O'Leary and Mike O'Shea
Majella O'Sullivan

Majella O'Sullivan

An IRISH couple that was attempting to walk to the North Pole has been forced to abandon their expedition due to injury.

Dr Clare O'Leary and Mike O'Shea of the LifeProof Ice Project team said it was with "deep regret" they had been forced to abandon the expedition and leave the ice due to injury following an accident on Sunday.

The incident occurred when a large block of ice became dislodged and moved as they were lowering Mr O'Shea's 80kg sled which fell causing injuries to both.

Mr O'Shea suffered an injury to his back and Dr O'Leary's knee was damaged.

A charter flight scheduled to resupply the team on Monday was able to land on the ice at the team’s location and bring them safely back to Resolute in Northern Canada.

The LifeProof Ice Project team began their 778km expedition on March 7 from Cape Discovery in Northern Canada.

The duo made a strong start to their voyage having covered over 60km through extremely rough ice conditions and frigid bone-chilling temperatures.

Steve Daverio Managing Director of LifeProof EMEA said: “We could not be prouder to have supported Mike and Clare in their daring attempt to reach the North Pole.

"They covered a lot of ground with an extremely strong start to the expedition and it is very unfortunate that they were obliged to abandon the expedition.”

O'Leary and O'Shea are expected to make their return journey to Ireland over the next seven to 10 days.

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