"We expected ... well, we expected to make it through," Steve Moll, expedition leader and star of Dangerous Waters told CBC News.
The four jet skiers started in Seattle, Wash., and made it as far as Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, but got hampered by ice. Moll said that after a few days, the group — wet, cold and humbled — called for help.
"Everyone has a point where you're going to break. And Mother Nature here in the Arctic can break you like nothing else I've ever seen." Moll said.
The Coast Guard ship CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier retrieved them, delivering them back to Gjoa Haven with their jet skis and most of their gear.
"The group had encountered ice, high winds, cool temperatures and felt they were not safe and were at risk if they did not request rescue/evacuation assistance. No injuries reported," Rachelle Smith, regional manager of communications for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, told Nunatsiaq Online.
The adventurers will take a plane to Yellowknife, and then home to the U.S. Their jet skis are going back on a cargo ship.