Here's just a few news sources covering the story:
Canadian seal hunters trapped by ice (BusinessWeek, April 19)
Fishermen say it's rare when ice conditions are this bad.
"Ice conditions are some of the most severe we've seen in 25 to 30 years," said Frank Pinhorn, executive director of the Canadian Sealers Association. "I've talked to a lot of sealers and they've got holes punched in their new boats and they're taking on water."
Separately, the CBC said some of the boats were running out of fuel and food. Seal hunter Gill Cadwell told the network that the ice floes had pushed his boat high out of the water for a time.Pack Ice Traps Boats After Seal Hunt (Washington Post, April 19)
"I've never, ever experienced nothing like this," he said.
"We haven't seen conditions like this in over 10 years," [the Canadian Coast Guard's Susan] Keough said. "We do regularly see ice each year, but to have this many vessels out there is unusual."
The photo above is by Aaron Beswick, Associated Press, and is featured on Washington Post Web page and in April 20 print edition of the paper accompanying the article.