U.S. Sends Icebreaker To Rescue Ships Trapped In Antarctica
The U.S. Coast Guard is sending the Polar Star icebreaker ship to help rescue two vessels locked in Antarctic ice.By Matt Picht | January 4, 2014
A Russian vessel trapped for over two weeks in Antarctic ice will soon have another shot at breaking free. A U.S. icebreaker is heading to Antarctica to help clear a path for the trapped ship — and for one of its would-be rescuers.
The Akademik Shokalskiy first got stuck in the ice on Christmas Eve, trapping the scientific exploration on board. Efforts from Chinese and Australian icebreakers to free the frozen ship ultimately failed, and the Chinese ship Xue Long became stuck in the process. (Via BBC)
Eventually, the 52 passengers aboard the Russian ship were evacuated via helicopter on Jan. 2. They're currently on board the Australian vessel, which is waiting in open water for the other two ships to break free. (Via The Guardian)