Marc Cornelissen identified, Philip de Roo remains missing

Posted: May 13, 2015 08:54 am EDT


(Cold Facts Press Release) During a risky recovery operation, a team of local volunteers and Canadian experts retrieved a body at the location of the accident. The Canadian coroner has identified the body as that of Marc Cornelissen. An extensive search at the scene did not find the body of the second polar explorer. The status of Philip de Roo remains missing.


The RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and the Chief office of the Coroner have concluded, that all available evidence confirms that Marc Cornelissen is drowned by hypothermia at the location from which the emergency signal was sent on April 29th.


Marc Cornelissen's body has been taken into the care of the Dutch Embassy in Canada and will be repatriated to the Netherlands.


On behalf of the families we would like to thank everyone involved, for their efforts to find Philip and Marc and to provide clarification of their fate. A special word of appreciation goes out to the RCMP employees and brave volunteers of the recovery team. Also, we are grateful for the support from the local community in Resolute. Communications with the Canadian authorities have been very effective, also because of the continuing efforts of the Dutch Embassy in Ottawa and the staff of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We appreciate the support of Allianz Global Assistance. We also want to thank everyone who has followed us via press or social media and thank you for considering our privacy.


More information on their work and their lives can be found on the ColdFacts website as well as their individual websites. On the websites we will release more information on how they will be commemorated, and how you can leave your message of support. End



Marc Cornelissen and Philip de Roo have presumably drowned on April 29th, 2015, in the Arctic while on a scientific expedition, researching ice thickness and climate change. They were two experienced polar explorers. Marc is the founder of Cold Facts, an organization doing scientific research in the polar regions supported by the expertise of polar expeditions. Cold Facts encourages and facilitates scientific polar research, including measuring ice thickness or taking samples of snow.





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Philip de Roo and Marc Cornelissen on the Arctic ice. They covered 200km during their science expedition, when their tracks stopped at open water.
courtesy Philip de Roo and Marc Cornelissen / Cold Facts, SOURCE
Marc and Philip's route plan.
courtesy Cold Facts, SOURCE