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Duo scales iceberg in Newfoundland

Cheryl Santa Maria, staff writer

April 19, 2012 — Onlookers were astonished when a duo climbed an iceberg near St. John's on Wednesday.

After climbing the berg, the duo jumped into the water
After climbing the berg, the duo jumped into the water

While icebergs are common in Newfoundland, they can be dangerous.

They're cold, they're slippery, and most experts will agree that they're best observed from a safe distance.

But that didn't stop one adventurous duo from attempting to climb one on Wednesday.

Onlookers were shocked when local resident Justin Emberley and Kevin Le Morzadec of France swam out to a large iceberg in Quidi Vidi, which they then proceeded to scale.

Both Emberley and Le Morzadec are experienced climbers and they observed the iceberg for some time before attempting their adventure.

But regardless of the precautions, iceberg climbing is a risky practice.

Luckily, the weather was in full cooperation -- good news, considering that a slight shift in wind direction or a light drizzle of rain can trigger an impromptu avalanche or rollover.

Goulds resident Perry Howlett was iceberg watching nearby and witnessed the event.

"Seeing something like that was definitely a once in a lifetime experience for me," he says. "The climbers moved with confidence and agility. It was actually quite beautiful to watch."

When asked if he would ever attempt something similar, Howlett laughs.

"I definitely wouldn't try that myself," he says.

"First of all, I'm not experienced enough to do it and secondly, I love life far too much to take a chance like that."

All photos courtesy of Perry Howlett

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