07/17/2014 12:47 EDT | Updated 09/16/2014 05:59 EDT

7 hunters home safe after ice floe shifts near Arctic Bay

Seven hunters from Arctic Bay who were stranded on an ice floe are back home safe and sound.

The hunters managed to make it back on their own around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, said Valerie Taqtu with local search and rescue.

Helicopters from Pond Inlet and Resolute tried to get to the hunters Wednesday morning but had to turn back because of fog. 

The hunters were able to use a boat they had to get home, but they had to leave the rest of their equipment on the ice, Taqtu said.

Tom Naqitarvik is one of the hunters. 

"Good to be home," he said. "Tired, wet, dehydrated. Good to be home."

The hunters were at the floe edge when the ice broke off.

They had four sleds and a small boat with them, as well as warm clothes and food to last several days.

Searchers were notified on Monday evening and the search began.

They were reported to be 100 kilometres on the east side of Admiralty Inlet.