It is very dangerous on the Polar Ocean.
On one occasion Borup's sledge started to slide into ocean, his dogs were in the
water but he was strong enough to pull
the it back and save his dogs. The sledge was so heavy it would have
dragged the dogs to the bottom of the ocean.
When camping with Captain
Bartlett the ice split open in the middle of camp while they were
Matt and Peary scrambled to save their dogs, and later rescued
Bartlett whose igloo was stranded on a sheet of ice surrounded by open
|[From Henson's 1912 autobiography]
"...We were crossing a lane of moving ice.. when the block of ice I was using as a support slipped from
my feet, and before I knew it the sledge was out of my grasp, and I
was floundering in the water of the lead. I did the best I could. I
tore my hood from off my head and struggled frantically. ...I could not take hold of the ice, but...faithful old Ootah had
grabbed me by the nape of the neck, the same as he would have
grabbed a dog, and with one hand he pulled me out of the water, and
with the other hurried the team across. He had saved my life, but I
did not tell him so, for such occurrences are taken
as part of the day’s work...we
found the boys gathered around the Commander, doing their best to
relieve him of his discomfort, for he had fallen into the water
also, and while he was not complaining, I was sure that his bath had
not been any more voluntary than mine had been."