07/27/2015 07:50 EDT | Updated 07/27/2016 01:12 EDT

Missing helicopter pilot found 'alive and well' on ice floe: military

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Search and rescue officials say a helicopter pilot who was missing near Baffin Island has been found safe.

Joint Task Force Atlantic says on its Twitter feed just before 7 a.m. that the Russian pilot was spotted on an ice floe, "alive and well."

They say the Canadian Coast Guard ship Pierre Radisson picked up the pilot and was headed to Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The small Robinson R22 two-seater helicopter disappeared Saturday afternoon over the Davis Strait while flying from Iqaluit to Nuuk, Greenland.

The pilot was flying solo.

A Hercules aircraft, Transport Canada, the coast guard, fishing vessels and the civilian agency CASARA were helping in the search.

The Canadian Press