U.S. Coast Guard Deploys Icebreaker Ship to Dislodge Vessels Frozen in Antarctic

Equipped with specialized icebreaking bow

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Andrew Peacock / Reuters

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy stranded in ice in Antarctica, Dec. 29, 2013.

The U.S. Coast Guard is sending an icebreaking ship in an effort to free two vessels stuck in the Antarctic’s frozen waters.

The Cutter Polar Star was sent to the Antarctic region to help the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese Xue Long, which are both wedged deep into thick sheets of ice, according to a Coast Guard statement. The U.S. ship is designed for open-water icebreaking, and has a specialized icebreaking bow.

Rescue operations have been ongoing since the Akademik Shokalskiy first sent a distress signal on Dec. 24. A helicopter on board the Xue Long transported 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy to the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis on Friday.

The Cutter Polar Star was rerouted from a mission to break a navigational channel through the sea ice of McMurdo Sound to eventually resupply the U.S. Antarctic Program at McMurdo Station on Ross Island, a research hub for the National Science Foundation.

6 comments
GlenWatson
GlenWatson

What happen to the French Icebreaker Astrolabe??  It was outside the ice field waiting just in case the Snow Dragon got stuck. 

Bullsgt
Bullsgt

I see two outcomes.

1)  Editorial pieces and Politician statements touting  "The US helps the poor Russian and Chinese !"

OR

2) US ship gets stuck!


I hope the crews are safely helped but this should be interesting to watch.

eagle11772
eagle11772

We should NOT rescue them.  Let these "Global Warming" nuts freeze to death down there.  If ya gotta send somebody, send Al Gore.  He can spend part of his one hundred million dollars he got from Al-Jazerra to buy them a new boat.

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

True proof that dictators do have a place,when democracy gives Morons like yourself an opinion it's just dangerous

TimRobinsonAus
TimRobinsonAus

I swear you are evidence for evolution in that we came from apes... It's just some of the weaker minded of you have yet to stop existing

How the good god does someone as limited intellectually as you A, type B, know how to read or C, exist,.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@eagle11772

Please don't breed.  Your disposition toward hatred and intolerance is not wanted in future generations.