Russian Passenger Ship Trapped in Antarctic Ice

Nearest rescue vessel is two days away

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Three ice-breaking vessels are en route to the Antarctic region, where a Russian passenger ship is stuck in thick sheets of ice.

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has 74 people aboard and is stuck 1,726 miles south of Hobart, a city on Australia’s island of Tasmania. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) is coordinating a rescue attempt, but the ice-breaking ships are at least two days away, according to an AMSA statement.

The ship’s distress signal was first picked up 3:20 p.m. E.T. Tuesday by the U.K.-based Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Center.

Authorities said passengers are not in any immediate danger, but the search-and-rescue effort is unusual because of its remote location.

Explorers and tourists aboard the stuck ship are marking the 100th anniversary of Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic exploration as part of a research expedition, the Guardian reports. The Guardian also notes that two of its journalists are among the passengers.

13 comments
ZeelandCap
ZeelandCap

WHAT were they "researching"???  For *some* reason, the Time piece doesn't mention it.   (Time, who of course, is never biased to the extreme-left)

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

 "Akademik Shokalsky" is able to go from captivity yourself , once South-East wind will change a direction. According to the forecast in the coming days is not expected, but it's a matter of time.
On Board  vessel 74-Russian crew, 52 passengers - a group of scientists from the Australian Antarctic expedition and their accompanying tourists who paid for an unusual tour, 18 thousand dollars. The captain of "Akademik shokalski" told that the situation on the ship normal, there is no panic and no complaints. The crew will work, scientists continue their studies, ice drilling and measurements of water, and in his spare time watching movies.
Soon Australia icebreaker "Aurora" will try to rescue "Akademik Shokalsky" from ice captivity .

Yoshi
Yoshi

There's a contingent of writers about "climate change" from the Guardian on board. I wonder what they think of all the non-existent, melted Antarctic ice, now? It's been above normal since late 2011, so, it's not like they weren't warned....
 This is the Summer down there, right now.

twofacedcallout
twofacedcallout

Putin's regime doesn't see any PR value in helping their own citizens so these people will freeze to death first.  Typical Russian values. 

tweell
tweell

Impossible. Global warming is melting all the ice, there is none left to get stuck in (especially in summer, which is the season in Antarctica). They are all imagining things. Global warming IS, sayeth Nobel winner Al Gore, so it has to be true! Call off those icebreakers and tell the folks there that they are experiencing an illusion.

/sarc

JohnNagel
JohnNagel

Ok ill post. Not a Shackleton situation. 

solardowork
solardowork

LORD GOD our Savior Jesus Christ Please Guide all on board the Maritime Rescue Icebreaker Ships so to all may safely be able to make it home.

The Lord's Little Helper
Paul Felix Schott

caseyjarryn
caseyjarryn

@Yoshi The amount of Sea Ice is decreasing on the western side of Antarctica and increasing on the Eastern Side of Antarctica.... So the greater than average sea ice extent at the moment is actually a good indication of the effects of climate change.


Yoshi
Yoshi

@caseyjarryn@Yoshi
The Antarctic sea is not much more significant to understanding global warming than a heavy snow fall. It mostly melts back to its original starting point every summer. The real story is with the mile and half high glacier on top of much of a continent 50 percent bigger than the continental U.S.

At any rate, here's the data: arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/timeseries.south.anom.1979-2008

"Overall, Antarctic sea ice has grown slightly over the past thirty years of the satellite record, but the trends are very small, and the ice extent varies a lot from year to year. In Southern Hemisphere winter months, ice extent has increased by around one percent per decade.  In the summer, ice has increased by two to three percent per decade, but the variation is larger than the trend." (nsidc). Perhaps predictions based on this activity of the ice are not very worthwhile.

h/t AH,NSIDC