Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo (Picture: Cold Facts) Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo (Picture: Cold Facts)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 08:56
Body of Dutch arctic researcher Marc Cornelissen found
The body of Dutch arctic researcher Marc Cornelissen has been found and recovered in Canada. Fellow Dutch researcher Philip de Roo remains missing. Marc's body was recovered by last week by a team of local volunteers skilled at working with poor ice conditions, CBC reports. They recovered the body, but despite their best efforts, could not locate the second man. Marc and Phillip went missing on April 29th, while on a two month long scientific research study in the Canadian arctic for organization Cold Facts. On the morning of the 29th, the base in the Netherlands received an automated message requesting an urgent pickup. A pickup operation was immediately initiated, but the but the pilot was unable to land due to thin ice. The subsequent search and rescue mission only spotted two sleds and the dog that had been traveling with the researchers. The dog has since been rescued. According to Cold Facts, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the coroner have concluded that Marc was drowned by hypothermia at the location from which the emergency signal was sent on April 29th. His body has been taken to the Dutch Embassy in Canada, from where he will be repatriated to the Netherlands.