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Warming opens up Arctic route to partying tourists

Published on Oct 3, 2012 9:06 AM

OTTAWA (AFP) - Warming has opened up the Arctic to shipping and now also raucous tourists, say Canadian authorities who last month levied US$10,000 (S$13,000) in fines against an Australian tycoon for a booze-fuelled party cruise.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) boarded a 34m, seven-stateroom luxury yacht moored in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut on Sept 7 and charged its owner, Paul McDonald, 51, with providing liquor to a minor and being in possession of liquor without a permit.

The federal police seized 200 bottles of liquor, as well as illegal fireworks, said a statement from the RCMP on Tuesday.

The Nunatsiaq News said the resource tycoon from Noosa, Australia and his crew ignored warnings not to shoot off fireworks in the pristine Arctic environment, harassed muskox, and allowed an underage girl to "dive off the side of the yacht during a wild party" into icy waters.

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