Bering Strait Expedition 2016

Neil Laughton and James Bingham set out at the end of February to attempt a return crossing of the Bering Strait between NW Alaska and the International Date Line between the Diomede Islands, mid way to the Russian mainland.

Unfortunately, both British explorers were rescued attempting to cross the strait due to thin ice.  Neil said that after paddling for nine or ten hours, they noticed ice forming around their kayaks.  However, as night fell, they were unable to pitch a tent due to the lack of thick ice.  They found that they were being carried north towards the open ocean.  Neil said: "So it was a pretty dire situation.  You couldn't paddle, you couldn't walk."