The following summer, during JWACS 2006, an attempt was made to recover ITP, but failed. On September 10, 2006, ITP3 and IMB 07950 were located. The IMB was still partially operating, but the ITP profiler (having obtained over 1500 profiles) would soon expire its battery, so recovery was desirable. Unfortunately the conditions of the ice floe (small, with extensive melt ponds connected to the ocean) prevented a recovery with the ITP winch system. Instead the icebreaker attempted to break the ice floe to release the buoy into open water where it could be recovered over the side of the ship. Unfortunately, though small in size, the icefloe was still 2.5-3 m thick and did not crack along the ITP wire. Recovery attempts were terminated after the ITP surface package was damaged and stopped operating, but while the IMB continued to still partially operate, rather than jeopardize the integrity of the IMB.
More information and photos on the recovery attempt are available at: http://www.whoi.edu/beaufortgyre/dispatch2006/dispatch37.html.