Antarctic Ships Escape from Ice Trap

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter stands down as Russian and Chinese ships break free

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Two ships that were trapped in Antarctic ice finally broke free on Tuesday, ending a two-week ordeal that left rescuers no choice but to evacuate passengers and crew members using a helicopter.

Cracks in the ice and weather changes allowed the Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese icebreaker Xue Long to break free from the ice on Tuesday. The Russian ship had been stuck for more than two weeks, since Christmas Eve, carrying 52 passengers. A number of rescue attempts failed, including one by the Chinese ice breaker, which found itself trapped in the ice as well as it came to the Shokalskiy’s aid. A helicopter was flown in to rescue the research vessel’s passengers on Tuesday, Jan. 2 after being stuck aboard for 10 days.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that its cutter Polar Star, which had been dispatched to try and break the ships from the ice trap, has been released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, which had requested assistance with the rescue.

The newly-freed ships will steam north, according to Russian captain, Igor Kiselev.

[CNN]

2 comments
valentine.godoflove
valentine.godoflove

IN CAPS FOR THE ELDERLY......DEFEND THE WEAK .....KNIGHT TEMPLARS


TO PROVE THAT THE ICE IS MELTING IN ANTACRTICA AND THE GLOBAL WARMING IMMINENT......SCORES OF ENVIRONMENTAL WACKO, LEFTWING EXTREMIST DEMOCRATS PSEUDO SCIENTISTS.....TOOK AN INCE BREAKER TO ANTRACTICA.......WHICH GOT STUCK IN THE ICE.......FOR THE ICE WAS SO THICK .....NOT MELTING......AS THE WACKOS CLAIMED.......



ACHINESE OCEBREAKER TRIED TO RESCUE THEM......AND ALSO GOT STUCK IN THE ICE.....


FINALLY ......THE CHINESE CHOPPER LIFTED OFF THE LEFTWING EXTREMIST ENVIRONMENTAL WACKO DEMOCRATS PSEUDO SCIENTISTS....TO DRY LAND....


DID THE LEFTWING EXTREMIST PRESS REPORT THIS STUPIDITY?.......NO


DID THE TELEVISION STATIONS REPORT THIS ABSURDITY?.......NO


DID THE INTERNET REPORT IT FACTUALLY?......NO


BECAUSE .....THE WCKOS WANT US TO BELIEVE......THE WORLD IS BEING DESTROYED !!!!!.....I D I O T S 


VALENTINE, COMEDIAN....LOKL

cdblnr
cdblnr

Further proof of global warming.  As Professor Phulacrapski from the Russian weather institute stated in the Journal of Mediocrity, warming planets produce colder temperatures.  Only people with superior intelligence (the non-deniers) have been able to understand this complex postulate.