Stranded Antarctic Ship Passengers To Be Rescued By Chinese Helicopter

This will be the fourth rescue attempt in a week to help passengers aboard the Russian vessel

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After a third failed attempt to rescue passengers aboard a Russian ship that’s been trapped for a week in Antarctica, passengers will now be evacuated by a Chinese helicopter.

The Russian foreign ministry released a statement on Monday saying “A decision has been reached to evacuate 52 passengers and four crew members by helicopter from China’s Xue Long ship, should the weather allow,” AFP reports. There are 74 passengers in total aboard the ship.

Adverse weather conditions halted the third rescue attempt, this time by Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis, from reaching the Russian vessel, MV Akademik Shokalskiy, on Monday. The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said in a statement Monday that the area where the Russian vessel is currently trapped in ice “is currently experiencing winds of up to 30 knots and snow showers.”

The Russian vessel embarked on its journey from New Zealand on Nov. 28 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey made by Australian explorer, Douglas Mawson. Despite being trapped in an ice field since Dec. 24, the scientists, tourists, journalists and crew aboard the ship have remained in high spirits, and some have continued to tweet using the hashtag #spiritofmawson.

[AFP]

28 comments
raidx259
raidx259

I wonder how many of the scientists on board were going there to measure global warming. The irony, to be stuck in an ice sheet.

Ashvin Sugandhi
Ashvin Sugandhi

Hope they have booze on that boat. Or it'll really be a sucky new year

aztecian
aztecian

chinese helicopter does sound very appealing.  stay on the ship.

Yoshi
Yoshi

What happens to the ship? Abandoned so it can sink and create more pollution? Thrown away like so much trash by  arrogant, self-righteous people who claim to be "saving the planet"? Niiice.

jmcelroy888
jmcelroy888

Does this mean they are going to be feasting on Sweet Sour Pork, Port Chow mein, Port Fried Rice, Won Ton Soup and Shirley Temples

Cherry C. Santos
Cherry C. Santos

Dear God please cover them with your most precious blood and save them. I ask in Jesus's name. Amen.

Michael Hoskinson
Michael Hoskinson

50 climate scientists there to study global warming....any irony there ??

Laaila Balg
Laaila Balg

Perhaps it was a good thing Ross and Christine didn't take the New Year's Trip?

Charlie Smith
Charlie Smith

The people arent in danger. They have heat, electricity, water, food, and a lot of gadgets. The scientists just want the option of leaving lol

Kim Panfile
Kim Panfile

Caitlin Siobhan Grant.... half are the crew of the boat.. the 52 are passengers.

Omar Alejandro
Omar Alejandro

I can see Hollywood already starting to make a movie if this story unravels in a positive way :-)

Ram Pandey Niralaa
Ram Pandey Niralaa

कोई मित्र अगर जुङना चाहे तो स्वागत है।। मेरे अकाऊंट पर तो जुगलबर्ग देव का रिक्वेस्ट ब्लॉक नामक ग्रहण लगा हुआ है धन्यवाद जय श्री राम

EddieGriffin
EddieGriffin

Why would you say that? What a horrible thing to say.  Every year countless search and rescue operations are launched in and around the coast of the UK in many cases to rescue people who have been reckless yet millions is spent upon them for air/sea rescue also the RNLI volunteers risk their life to secure their safety should we just "let them die" too? The folk on that boat in the antarctic will be insured as part of their passage and the rescuing ships will be more than recompensed for any financial loss. Hope you don't need rescuing at sea one day, or you await an ambulance will lying in the road critically injured remind me to pass you by on that day...shameful.

EddieGriffin
EddieGriffin

Many people do go there for tourism, Antarctica is an unusual destination to visit - ask yourself also why are people touring in South America, Asia or anywhere else in the world? because they are unusual destinations to visit would you not want to see Antarctica? I would. With that said if some of these passengers were pro global warming so called "scientists" I can only hope the last few days spent trapped in thick expanding polar ice would give them a reality check!