Although the current location of the killer whales is still unknown it is very likely that they reached open water six miles away from the place they were trapped. Water opened up around the area where the orcas were coming up for air and this makes the previously mentioned scenario possible.
This is good news for residents of the Inukjuak village that witnessed how twelve whales or more were struggling to survive. The killer whales were competing with each other over breathing through a hole not bigger than a SUV. And because the village did not have the necessary equipment to conduct a rescue mission of this kind the community looked for help elsewhere. The Canadian government was asked for help but the response came back negative. The justification was that the whales wre too far away to be helped.