World News

Australian Icebreaker Heads for Home with Rescued Passengers

An Australian icebreaker carrying the 52 passengers rescued from an icebound Russian research vessel is heading to port, after being told that its assistance was not needed by another stranded ship, the Chinese icebreaker Snow Dragon.

The Aurora Australis turned for home on Saturday, after the crew of the Snow Dragon said they were not in danger and had several week's worth of supplies.

A helicopter from the Chinese ship on Thursday airlifted to the Aurora Australis all the passengers from the Russian research ship, stuck in ice since December 24. But theSnow Dragon also became trapped.



Blizzard conditions had hampered the efforts to evacuate the passengers by helicopter after icebreakers from China, Australia and France failed to reach the Russian vessel.

The Akademik Shokalskiy has weeks of supplies and is in no danger of sinking while it and its crew wait for the ice to break up.

The Russian ship, which left New Zealand on November 28, was trying to recreate Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's century-old voyage to Antarctica.
This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Feature Story

People wait to receive food and supplies from an aid distribution point set up inside a makeshift camp at Mpoko Airport in Bangui, Jan. 7, 2014.

Global Population Predicted to Reach Nearly 11 Billion by 2100

Study, an extension of a 2013 United Nations report, says growth is unlikely to stabilize this century More

Special Reports