I assume Al means the SUMMER polar ice, I believe it freezes quite solid in the Winter.
Is that nitwit in the yacht still caught in the ice? If so, he can just wait a decade or two and he will be fine. No need for russian ice breakers or nuclear subs to rescue him.
maybe a solar powered aircraft can drop so Devil Dogs and Yoo-Hoo to him every few weeks!
Better check out the land values up there now. We just need to know if the area will be tropical or semi-tropical.
Can you imagine how much area will be available for growing crops? As well as developing oil reserves?