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Passenger taken off deepfreeze

Passenger taken off deepfreeze
Rescuers in Antarctica have safely transferred all 52 passengers stranded on the ice-bound research vessel 'Akademik Shokalskiy.

 

The icebreaker 'Aurora Australis', informs the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA).Five flights by a helicopter based on the nearby Chinese icebreaker Xue Long were needed to take the passengers to an ice floe adjacent to the Aurora Australis over a distance of about 14 nautical miles and from their they were ferried to the Australian icebreaker by boat.
 
The Aurora Australis will head for the Casey Antarctic base once in open water to complete its supply mission, and is not expected to arrive back in Australia until mid-January. Meanwhile all 22 crew members of the Akademik Shokalskiy remain with the vessel.
 
The Shokalskiy was trapped on Christmas Eve 2013 by thick sheets of ice driven by strong winds, about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Tasmania, having been used by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition to follow the route explorer Douglas Mawson travelled a century ago.
 
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