Injured ankle halts Elmont’s bid

Published on 04.05.2009 - Greenland 2009 (West-East)

Simon Elmont seriously injured his ankle on 27th April, which meant that the Channel Islanders were not able to continue their trek.

It was a tough break for the two men, who were forced to take the decision to abandon their adventure on 27th April after Simon had been hampered by a persistent injury to his left ankle for a number of days prior to that. They had tried not to let the injury slow them down and had managed to continue despite Simon's obvious discomfort. But as the days passed and the problem spread to his tendons, the constant pain made him unable to continue.

According to the latest news we have, the two young adventurers had been having problems with the local authorities, because five days after they sent out their distress call, they had still not been picked up. It appears that all of the helicopters in the area were too busy on other jobs. Even though their lives were not in danger, the two Channel Islanders still feel that the response of the authorities in Greenland was poor.

Which is why they called on some of the local Inuits they know in the area and asked them to come and fetch them with their dog sleds. This was not a problem – the Inuits are always very helpful. And so it was that on 2nd May they were duly picked up by a team of Inuits with 26 dogs and two sledges. After a few hours' rest, the whole party set out to the east and the two adventurers were taken without incident to Isortoq on the east coast. The Inuits also brought sandwiches and hot drinks with them, which were much appreciated. The trip took 14 hours and everyone reached their destination safe and sound.

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