MILLINOCKET, Maine, January 5, 2014 – There is poetic justice. A pseudo-scientific expedition into Antarctic waters was supposed to document the effects of global warming on the ice pack there. A funny thing happened on the way … the ship became frozen in Antarctic waters.
The crew and passengers aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy were forced to spend Christmas locked in sea ice some 100 nautical miles from French Antarctic station Dumont D’Urville. The Xue Long, a Chinese icebreaker, attempted to reach them, but also became trapped.
Eventually a helicopter from the Xue Long ferried passengers to the Australian rescue ship Aurora Australis, which carried them to Hobart, Tasmania.
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