All scientists and passengers to be taken off ship stuck in Antarctic Ice

clip_image0021pm AEDT: 31st December 2013

Helicopter to rescue passengers from Russian vessel in Antarctica

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) was advised this morning by the Aurora Australis that the ship will not be able to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy.

The Aurora Australis advised RCC Australia it would be at risk of becoming beset by ice itself if it continued to make further rescue attempts.

The Aurora Australis made attempts yesterday to reach the MV Akademik Shokalskiy but was driven back into open waters due to adverse weather conditions such as winds up to 30 knots and snow showers resulting in poor visibility. The ship is currently located about 16 nautical miles east of the Russian vessel.

The helicopter on board the Chinese flagged vessel Xue Long will now be used to rescue the passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy.

This rescue will be a complex operation involving a number of steps and subject to factors such as weather.

The helicopter is unable to fly in the current weather conditions, and will hold off on the rescue until conditions improve. Weather conditions are unlikely to start improving until tomorrow and decisions related to carrying out the rescue may be made at short notice.

In preparation for the rescue, an area for the helicopter to land has been marked on the ice near the MV Akademik Shokalskiy.

RCC Australia has been advised that all 52 passengers will leave the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. All 22 crew members are expected to remain with the vessel.

The passengers are expected to be rescued by helicopter in groups of 12 and will be initially transported to the Xue Long. The Aurora Australis will then use its barge to transfer all 52 passengers on board their vessel. The barge can take up to 22 people at a time.

RCC Australia continues to coordinate the incident and is in regular contact with all vessels involved and continues to monitor the situation. The vessels involved are also in close contact with each other via VHF radio.

The search and rescue operation commenced on Christmas morning AEDT after the Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) in the United Kingdom received a distress message via satellite from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The distress message and subsequent coordination of the incident was passed to RCC Australia, who is the responsible search and rescue authority for this area.

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Source: http://www.amsa.gov.au/media/documents/31122013AkademikShokalskiyUpdate8_Media_Release.pdf

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95 Responses to All scientists and passengers to be taken off ship stuck in Antarctic Ice

  1. Jimmy Haigh. says:

    A bunch of bloody idiots putting other people’s lives in danger.

  2. Meanwhile the US is still going to send its Polar Star 9,300 miles south to free the Chinese and Russian ships, instead of being available for Arctic Winter rescue.

    I hope that no one dies in the northern winter weather, while the Polar Star is down south rescuing Eco Tourists in the middle of their summer from stupidity and who are now endangering rescue capacity in Bering Sea for everyone else.

  3. daveburton says:

    The definition of a boat is “a hole in the water, into which money is poured.” These guys have dug themselves one very big hole.

  4. TBraunlich says:

    I hope they all send the bill for this rescue to The Guardian.

  5. Do we think the value of the scientific effort will not be diminished by the escape of the passengers, or were the “climate science” conclusions already predetermined before the voyage even began?

  6. So they’re abandoning one ship to the ice, tying up two icebreakers, a barge, and a helicopter for their escape. All because they believed the sea ice was going away.

    Faith. Sheer, irrational faith on par with that of medieval flagellants purifying the world through their suffering. Yeah, warmism is a religion all right.

  7. Streetcred says:

    So who’s paying for the warmista folly … damned if my taxes are being used for this purpose !!!!

  8. Eve says:

    I still wonder who is paying for this. I hope the ship or the passengers are. BTW it was 84 F today on Paradise Island. Thank you again WUWT for making me realize it was unsustainable to continue living in Canada.

  9. Reed Coray says:

    Godspeed to the rescuers and the soon-to-be-rescued with just a little more speed to the rescuers.

  10. Warren in New Zealand says:

    NZT 5.30pm Radio report

    Helicopter from Xue Long will be used possibly tomorrow if weather permits to lift off the passengers and transfer to Aurora.

    Situation is being upgraded to dangerous for the Akademie.

    Captain and crew to remain with Akademie as long as possible.

  11. John Karajas says:

    If these idiots were working in private enterprise they would all be sacked, except for that noble exemplar of enlightened progressive thinking “The Guardian” of course.

    Guardian Headline:
    Warming Globe Causes Further Expansion of Antarctic Sea Ice!

  12. Bill H says:

    The captain of that vessel was second to the Scientist and the mission at hand. One must wonder what was so important that the lives of everyone on board were jeopardized for. What was so important that it validated risking the lives of all on board? I think that since a US ice breaker has now been taken from our seas which protect our people we deserve some very hard and fast answers.

    If one of our sailors or fisherman die because we diminished our rescue capacity, the Guardian and the ships owners are very much liable for the litigation and subsequent judgments from those proceedings.. Every dime should be repaid for the rescue of these eco idiots!

  13. DGP says:

    Warmist fossil fuel folly rescued by fossil fuel flying machine.

  14. @njsnowfan says:

    Lets just hope they have to spend New Years stuck on the Boat in Mother natures Ice Jail.
    One good thing is the ice Break is not a nuclear one and will not have to be worried about a nuclear melt down if the ship does not survive.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akademik_Shokalskiy has already updated Incidents and accidents but may need some edit from WUWT.

  15. Mike Croift says:

    Al Gore must be aboard. Having a boatload of Warmists Iced in on the same week that the southern hemisphere is having its longest summer day sounds like the Gore Effect to me.

  16. Jenn Oates says:

    Once again, reality trumps ideology.

  17. The Polar Star is being sent to rescue Pres. Obama and the American Democrat Party who are tied at the hip to this CO2 fraud.

    Nothing for Amb. Stevens and the fighting men of Bengazi but 9,000 miles to rescure members of the press an Michael Mann cult members.

    The lies so huge the people who use them so small.

  18. What can possibly go wrong?

    The Chinese are retreating from the advancing ice and the distance for the helicopter to fly, in strong winds, is increasing at perhaps 10 km per day. Although they’re not likely to run out of daylight for flying, visibility has to improve and the ferrrying and (probably) refuelling of the helicopter is going to take many hours.

    I trust that the helicopter pilot’s fatigue management plan is in place.

    The risks of transfer to “rescue” have to be weighed up against the risk to the vessel locked up in the ice. The ice is unlikely to persist for another 8 weeks. More likely, it’ll break up in a month as Antarctic sea ice typically reaches a minimum in mid-February. Conditions are more likely to improve than to get worse over a period of a week.

    All the tourists could be fluent in Russian obscenities if they hang tight for a few weeks.

  19. Reed Coray says:

    I wonder if the happy idiots onboard the Frozen-In who have endangered the lives of their rescuers are aware of the welcome that awaits them upon their safe return to civilization? Scorn, derision, anger, and ridicule from AGW skeptics; and frustration, contempt and disbelief from their comrades-in-arms. Should be quite a homecoming party.

  20. @njsnowfan says:

    The Russians largest Ice Destroying Ship is Still in Russia, That shop can crush through 3 to 4 M of ice like a butter knife.
    http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=UGYU
    Polarstern arrived a few days ago at Antarctica.
    http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=DBLK
    Nathaniel B. Palmer is doing what it does best in Antarctica, destroy ice..
    http://www.sailwx.info/shiptrack/shipposition.phtml?call=WBP3210

  21. Alfred Deakin of the Commonwealth of Australia says:

    Reed Coray says:
    December 30, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I want to be at the dock when they disembark to boo them. Especially Australian Greens MP Janet Rice.

  22. Lew Skannen says:

    I know the word ‘heroes’ is very much overused these days but let us not forget that the words ‘useless tossers’ are still very much available and ideal for occasions such as this

  23. Amr marzouk says:

    You can’t make this up.

  24. Santa says:

    Arctic Ocean 2007, to document global warming ended after one week due to extreme cold weather, minus 50 C day and estimated minus 75 C night
    http://www.nrk.no/viten/liv-arnesen-avbrot-ekspedisjon-1.2029396

  25. StefanL says:

    HedgingContrarianism (@JackHBarnes) says: December 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    Meanwhile the US is still going to send its Polar Star 9,300 miles south to free the Chinese and Russian ships, instead of being available for Arctic Winter rescue.
    ————————————————————–
    Not quite. The Polar Star is already on a scheduled deployment to the Antarctic.
    http://www.uscgnews.com/go/doc/4007/1994906/

  26. Andy says:

    Hang in there guys, I’ve been driving the V8 Jag plenty this holiday, the ice should soon be gone.

  27. Paul Pierett says:

    I wish them the best and they are in my prayers. This is a difficult operation in difficult conditions. A lot more factors are at play here than one can imagine.

    Paul Pierett

  28. Katherine says:

    I’m cheering for Mother Nature. “Noooooo! Don’t let them get away!”

  29. John Of Cloverdale WA, Australia says:

    Let us hope that these loser academics are laughed off campus. I keep looking at the calendar to make sure it’s not April 1.

  30. Mario Lento says:

    According to Newsbusters (who LINKED to WUWT from their website), Turney had this to say:
    “The scientific team on board the research ship — which left New Zealand on Nov. 28 — had been recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson’s century-old voyage to Antarctica when it became trapped. They plan to continue their expedition after they are freed, expedition leader Chris Turney said.”

    Like the brave knight getting a mere flesh wound, he will march on carrying the AGW torch until the very end.

  31. Paul Westhaver says:

    I won’t start laughing at these supreme buffoons yet.

    The media will turn this into some disaster caused by human expired CO2.

    I bet (any takers) the pack of media liars and media masturbator “scientists” will claim that the Russian ship was attempting to rescue drowning polar bears…(no mention of the South Pole). We’ll see images of water vapor cooling towers, a frequent visual lie perpetrated by the liars at the Globe and Mail in Canada, a photoshopped image of a polar bear drowning being rescued by the journalists from the Guardian while wearing their corporate “News” logo.

    I hope the helicopter suffers some ice related mechanical fault that prevents it from being used so that the ship of fools stew in their own swill for a week or two more. (they have provisions for weeks, Russian provisions … mmmmmmmm yummy)

    In the mean time, I will enjoy a little schadenfreude.

  32. F. Ross says:

    Shoot! No need for any rescue.
    All they need to do is pop the corks early on all their New Year’s champagne and let all that good old bottled CO2 do its job.
    Have the Antarctic warmed up in no time at all.

  33. Mario Lento says:

    The Polar Star is supposed to be on a mission to provide fuel delivery passage to deliver eight million gallons of U.S. fuel to McMurdo residents to allow the Station to remain manned and ready during the freezing winter months. Now they too have to wait for life saving fossil fuel.

    As The World Turns…

  34. george e. smith says:

    So just hu was that Chinese guy Huey Long; that he gets a boat named after him ??

  35. jorgekafkazar says:

    At this point, the faster the Wustralian climate weasels get sent home, the better. As with Jonah, the Russian ship and its crew will be a lot safer once the 🃞🃎🂾🂮 “scientists” are off the boat.

  36. dp says:

    Best wishes for a safe evacuation and recovery of the passengers, and that lessons are learned to prevent a repeat of this debacle. To the crew of the ship that suffers on, safe harbors and my condolences that you are left to cleanup this multinational exhibition of reckless adgenda-driven stage craft.

    May a pox strike the heart of the ABC and the Graniad for funding this fraudulent science escapade.

    For the real scientists aboard this ill fated cruise who should know better – may you be cursed by the shame of a thousand generations on your family name and may your institutions of education carry the burden of your cursed infamy for eternity for your endangering of misguided young followers of your black faith.

  37. John Peter says:

    There is a Peacock onboard. He said (as reported by The Telegraph) “We know this is a serious event and we are inconveniencing others. We are not morose or upset, just frustrated and we have no option but to settle in and keep morale high.” So they are not remorse? Does that not tell you something about the character of these people?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/antarctica/10543636/Blizzards-hamper-air-sea-rescue-efforts-for-icebound-Russian-ship.html

  38. Colorado Wellington says:

    Mike Croift says:
    December 30, 2013 at 8:48 pm
    Al Gore must be aboard. Having a boatload of Warmists Iced in on the same week that the southern hemisphere is having its longest summer day sounds like the Gore Effect to me.

    No, the Gore Effect temperature charts indicate that it would have to be at least 25°C colder in Commonwealth Bay to suspect his presence on board. Also, we would hear reports about him receiving the Kongens Fortjensmedalje for groundbreaking climate change research during the expedition. He has influential friends in Norway.

  39. rogerknights says:

    In ancient times an event like this would have been regarded as an omen of things to come. I.e., of the entire warmist “vessel” coming to an ironic end.

  40. Mario Lento says:

    John Peter says:
    December 31, 2013 at 12:09 am
    There is a Peacock onboard. He said (as reported by The Telegraph) “We know this is a serious event and we are inconveniencing others. We are not morose or upset, just frustrated and we have no option but to settle in and keep morale high.” So they are not remorse? Does that not tell you something about the character of these people?
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/antarctica/10543636/Blizzards-hamper-air-sea-rescue-efforts-for-icebound-Russian-ship.html
    ++++++++
    remorse and morose are not the same thing:)

  41. tango says:

    if I was down there I would rather stay on the boat then getting into a Chinese helicopter

  42. FrankSW says:

    From today’s Guardian newspaper Chris Turney, the AAE leader is quoted as saying

    “we are not trapped in new ice that’s been created because its cold”

  43. crosspatch says:

    A bunch of bloody idiots putting other people’s lives in danger.

    My thoughts exactly. Now the question would be to whom is the bill to be sent.

  44. jolan says:

    The Black Night exactly parodys the situation the ‘warmists’ find themselves in. Are they ‘brave ‘ or just stupid to continue fighting the cause which is irredeemingly lost. They are in the ‘end’ game and won’t admit it.
    H/T Mario Lento

  45. alanpurus says:

    This serves as a useful allegory for the whole AGW agenda. Reality wins. Had their agenda been fully implemented in the “happy time” of environmental panic, there now would be no diesel powered icebreakers, turbine powered helicopters or fossil fuel powered heating to save their miserable lives. More ironic still, it is the Kyoto-shy, Chinese eco-criminals who will be effecting the rescue.

    The sheer hypocrisy and blindness of their face-saving media spin shows that when they leave their literal as well as figurative information bubble, they will hopefully find the derision and ridicule that accompanies their grandstanding will cause them to scurry off the world stage for a very long time.

  46. graham says:

    So they are going to dump the ship in the Antarctic full of human waste and oil,good job ‘s not BP!

  47. JJM Gommers says:

    I assume and that’s normal that they have insured this travel including a possible rescue.
    I can’t find nothing about this in the MSM who pays for this

  48. stargazer says:

    God forbid, but with bad weather and such… should the worst happen, would the death certificates read: Hypothermia brought on as a result of global warming?

    The good Lord takes care of small children and fools… and I am pretty sure you will not find any small children on that boat.

  49. johnmarshall says:

    Well done Falmouth picking up the ”mayday”.
    These Eco-tourists should have made their own arrangements not rely on taxpayer funded rescue missions.
    Will this stop their stupidity? NO.

  50. David Chappell says:

    And now the Chinese icebreaker is reportedly stuck… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25558276

    So, no helicopter rides. Walk, you b uggers, walk

  51. Les Francis says:

    There is a Green Senator – elect on the ship.
    She is due to take up her Seat in the Federal Parliament next July.
    The Abbot government will need to pay to rescue her

    You can imagine the screams in the Australian Parliament from the Green and Labor Parties if something awful happens to her.
    Tony Abbot will be called a murderer

  52. Oldseadog says:

    Bill H and John Karajas,
    I said it before; the scientists did not put the ship in a hazardous position, the Captain did that.
    He will carry whatever can is passed to him, he sits behind the desk with the sign “The buck stops here” on it.
    This vessel IS a private enterprise vessel, for charter (hire) on the open market to whoever is willing to pay the going rate to the owners. It is an additional misfortune for the Captain and the owners that the ship has been hired on this occasion by a bunch of clowns who thrive on self-generated publicity.
    It is unfortunate that it is not compulsory for shipowners to carry insurance for their vessels, and I would guess that if this vessel is not insured then the costs involved in the various rescue missions will bankrupt the owners who will be responsible for the costs. I hope, however, that insurance costs might be part of the hire fee.

    If the vessel does sink, the pollution from the fuel on board will be small and the oil will be consumed by natural organisms very quickly. (More environmental damage was done by the sterilising beaches cleanup after the Exxon Valdes spill than would have been caused by letting nature work on the residuals.) Any sewage spillage will be eclipsed by the excretions of the millions of fish, birds and mammals that live in the sea around Antarctica.

    No matter what you think of the objects of the voyage or those who hired the ship, your thoughts should also be with the Captain who is in a very nasty situation, perhaps self inflicted, perhaps not, and who has no-one to turn to for help or advice – he is very much on his own.

  53. Peter Stroud says:

    As others have said: this rescue should not be funded by UK, US, Australian or any other taxpayers. The, so called, climate scientists were part funded by the BBC: a UK taxpayer funded broadcasting company. We in the UK have paid enough already.

  54. Dave says:

    Big question is: what kind of a `scientist` is Turney? What is his background and qualifications? His list of publications shows a wide range of topics AND mostly co-authoured by others.

  55. Mario Lento says:

    jolan says:
    December 31, 2013 at 12:54 am
    The Black Night exactly parodys the situation the ‘warmists’ find themselves in. Are they ‘brave ‘ or just stupid to continue fighting the cause which is irredeemingly lost. They are in the ‘end’ game and won’t admit it.
    H/T Mario Lento
    ++++++++++
    I was trying my best not to be insensitive. But, you read me correctly, that it seems their doom is self caused – and they won’t stop until either they hurt more people or themselves through what to them appears to be a noble cause. But then again, I know of too many of them quite a bit less noble than the black night.

  56. Jim Cripwell says:

    Let us not forget that this follows the debacle in the Northwest passage earlier this year.

  57. When Prince Harry led the Walking with the Wounded charity walk to the South Pole a few weeks ago, it started out as a good-natured race between the different nations taking part. The organisers sensing trouble, just after the walk started, very sensibly decided that it was not going to be a race due to the poor weather conditions, so it became a collaboration. The walk was very successful and all credit to the disabled participants, it raised a lot of money for a worthwhile charity, and needed no third party intervention.
    Compare that with what is currently happening on the same continent! There is no worthwhile cause, it has not been dealt with sensibly, not only has it not raised money, it has cost a small fortune with third parties risking their lives to rescue these clowns. No doubt the cost of insurance here in the UK will rise, because the ship will be lost due to the crushing effects of the ice.
    I really hope these people survive without injury or worse, but I equally hope that they learn from this very expensive lesson!

  58. mrsean2k says:

    @oldseadog great perspective, thanks.

  59. Mario Lento says:

    Oldseadog says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:04 am
    ++++++++++++
    You make a lot of sense here. Still, there has to be some fault of the so called “Expert scientists” on for the ride they so chose. After all, their predictions are better than facts, and this could not have happened. The weather and sea ice were predicted not to be there. Who is the captain to trump this religion (do I have write sarc?)

  60. ddpalmer says:

    “Meanwhile the US is still going to send its Polar Star 9,300 miles south to free the Chinese and Russian ships, instead of being available for Arctic Winter rescue.”

    No actually the Polar Star left for the Antarctic around Dec 3rd to support the US base at McMurdo Station, a task it has done repeatedly in the past. It most definitely was not sent 9,300 miles to free the Chinese and Russia ships, although already being in the area it may be use for this task.

    “I think that since a US ice breaker has now been taken from our seas which protect our people we deserve some very hard and fast answers.”

    Except that is not the truth. It was sent to the Antarctic long before this situation developed and it would have been in the Antarctic whether this situation existed or not.

    “If one of our sailors or fisherman die because we diminished our rescue capacity, the Guardian and the ships owners are very much liable for the litigation and subsequent judgments from those proceedings.”

    We diminished our rescue capacity to support the US Antarctic base. So no the Guardian and the ships owners are not at all liable for any negative effects of a US Coast Guard decision made weeks before this incident.

  61. RichardLH says:

    David Chappell says:
    December 31, 2013 at 2:39 am

    “So, no helicopter rides. Walk, you buggers, walk”

    The only thing more dangerous than walking across a glacier is walking across pack ice.

    This stuff moves around vertically and horizontally in ways you would not believe making such an exercise slow motion suicide. Whilst the hull remains intact and does not breach below the ‘water line’ then staying on board is by far and away the best option. Airlift looks like the only option to get the numbers down to a manageable level and then the ones left on board are still very much at risk.

    This is not over by a long way.

  62. Lew Skannen says:

    It would be interesting to find out the total cost for this fiasco and then find out the total science that has been done. What has been measured? Could it not have been measured by satellite? etc.
    I smell junket rather than research.

  63. Bob Greene says:

    Do they get to pay for the rescue?

  64. Gerry - England says:

    Why are the crew being left behind? Surely it would be better to rescue the crew….and leave all the others behind.

  65. John Bell says:

    Do not rush the rescue, let them sweat a bit.

  66. Jim Cripwell says:

    Gerry, you write “Why are the crew being left behind?”

    I am no lawyer, but my understanding is that, under international law, if the whole crew of a ship abandons that ship, it becomes a derelict, and anyone can board the ship, and claim it as their own.

  67. Copernicus34 says:

    so, the Aurora Australis describes the weather in that area as 30 knot winds with snow showers, and one of the climate thugs on the ship describes it as a ‘warm rain’? Who should we believe I ask?

  68. JP says:

    At least it isn’t the Arctic, where polar bears forage. I doubt if any of the crew members have anything other than a flair gun.The sea ice is so thick that it wouldn’t take much for a few polar bears to go hunting on board.

  69. jaypan says:

    What about the carbon footprint?
    Ice breakers, helicopters …
    I am so concerned.
    /sarcoff

  70. gabrianga says:

    A deathly silence in the Australian media about the Guardian and BBC participation.

    Sounds like another “Global Warming Plot” has turned turtle?

    Already $1.5 million taxpayers money in venture. How much for rescue?

  71. Steve Oregon says:

    I wonder, when they all get home will these participants feel any obligation to finally STFU?

    Or is there no embarrassment level capable of impacting their idiocy?

  72. William Astley says:

    Abandon ship! Abandon ship! The bar has run out of booze. The horror! The horror!

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/31/helicopter-rescue-needed-for-passengers-on-icebound-ship/

    Andrew Peacock, a doctor on board, said the passengers are frustrated but are trying to keep their spirits high with a New Year’s party they planned in the ship’s bar.
    “We are preparing for evacuation to a dry ship so a few drinks seems reasonable, but we also have to be ready at a moment’s notice for the helicopter arrival so staying sober is important,” he told AFP.
    The ship has two weeks’ worth of fresh food, but Peacock said drinks are becoming sparse, with “just enough alcohol left” to ring in 2014.

  73. Steve Oregon says:

    I wonder what the carbon footprint of this adventure is?
    Externalities included. Like all of the media operations to cover it etc.
    Everyone here commenting on it is contributing to it.

    It must be a staggering amount . Like the equivalent of volcano of CO2.

    Yep that’s the ticket.

    “Alarmists Adventure Eruption dumps tons of CO2 pollution into atmosphere”.
    Or something like that?

  74. Jim Cripwell says:

    Steve, you write “Or is there no embarrassment level capable of impacting their idiocy?”

    I am sure that there is no “embarrassment level”, which will force any member of The Team to say anything contrary to CAGW. But, to me, that is not the issue. Judith Curry had a thread on Climate Etc, recently, discussing the moral obligation of other scientists to speak up and not be silent. Surely, this ought to be an issue where this silent group of eminent scientists has a moral obligation to break their silence and speak out.

  75. _Jim says:

    re: HedgingContrarianism (@JackHBarnes) says December 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm
    Meanwhile the US is still going to send its Polar Star 9,300 miles south to free the Chinese and Russian ships, instead of being available for Arctic Winter rescue.

    Polar Star was already en route south to work on the resupply route to McMurdo …

  76. Bob Weber says:

    The scientists involved are insisting that Antartic sea ice is melting. It’s a good thing it melts, otherwise the oceans would freeze together from the south to the nole poles. Another preventable calamity scientists brought upon themselves by lack of common sense.

  77. Bob Weber says:

    …North poles…

  78. R. Shearer says:

    Copernicus34 says:
    December 31, 2013 at 7:00 am
    so, the Aurora Australis describes the weather in that area as 30 knot winds with snow showers, and one of the climate thugs on the ship describes it as a ‘warm rain’? Who should we believe I ask?

    Tough question; the climate scientist who makes a living from AGW and started a company to sequester carbon or the ship captain that wants to save his ship, passengers and crew?

  79. Bob Weber says:

    ..one more time.. north pole

  80. Doug Danhoff says:

    Speak out and be burned at the stake? You must be kidding.
    It remains to be seen how the alarmists spin this when its over. The only thing I am sure of is that it will be at least as amusing as their situation at present…When the booze is gone, I wonder who will be accused of eating the strawberries

  81. Doug Danhoff says:

    Anthony, The title leaves something to be desired. I was always taught that to be a scientist, one must practice the Scientific Method of research….By that definition is there actually any scientists aboard?

  82. Silver Ralph says:

    I watched all the TV reports, and neither the BBC, SKY or CNN would report that this was a Global Warming research mission. They are all covering up for the Global Warming industry. Why?

    Only the UK Daily Mail and the Oz Telegraph, it seems, will report the truth. Even the UK Daily Telegraph merely calls this a “Russian ship”.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2531159/Antarctic-crew-build-ice-helipad-help-rescuers.html
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/global-warming-activists-still-trapped-by-inconvenient-ice/story-fni0cx12-1226792726099
    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/media_cover_up_warmist_scientists_trapped_by_ice_are_just_tourists/

    Why is everyone covering up for the Green Global Warming scam?
    Who is paying them to keep quiet?

    Ralph

  83. Bob Weber says:

    Ralph – maybe it’s Al Gore’s silent partner(s) over at his Climate Reality Show …

  84. Kristen says:

    HedgingContrarianism (@JackHBarnes) says:
    December 30, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Meanwhile the US is still going to send its Polar Star 9,300 miles south to free the Chinese and Russian ships, instead of being available for Arctic Winter rescue.
    ~
    . .I looked up the Polar Star. the records indicate it sailed from Seattle for McMurdo on Dec. 4th, well before this fiasco – but it will take away from their duties of supporting McMurdo. still, these so-called scientists are disguting that they are taking this situation so lightly. they see this as one big party. I hope all the rescue crews remain safe.

  85. E.M.Smith says:

    IMHO the reason the crew are not leaving is simple. They will finally be rid of the “passengers” and being Good Russians will have no trouble with cold weather… especially after they break out their personal bottles of Vodka to celebrate… So “harzardous duty pay” while being their own private party boat. Heck, I’d stay; once the wacho’s were off… It all ought to melt in a month or two and with just the crew, rations ought to be good. Plenty of room in the escape boats too.

  86. M Seward says:

    Scientists and passengers? They are all passengers and supernumeries if you ask me, not a true scientist among them.

  87. Brent Walker says:

    It would be good if the rescue attempt has to be abandoned. Then these scientists can remain on the boat and concentrate on their work and study while they wait until the ice melts. They might even have their own eureka moment and realize that weather patterns are influenced by a lot of factors like, for example, the long term consequences of change in sun’s outputs at each end of the spectrum.

  88. Santa Baby says:

    “M Seward says:
    December 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm
    Scientists and passengers? They are all passengers and supernumeries if you ask me, not a true scientist among them.”

    They could be named the hard core policy based “cult” that previously was known as scientists?

  89. Having a daughter who is helicopter pilot (oil exploration at sea, North Slope, AK, USA in the past, currently Nigeria), my thoughts are going to the pilot(s) who will do the rescue: in the circumstances at Antarcica an extremely difficult and risky undertaking.
    That the party members even don’t have a clue of the risk they are to their rescuers (and the crew on board) makes me angry. Let them pay personally all the costs they have caused with their foolness…

  90. Santa Baby says:

    “Why is everyone covering up for the Green Global Warming scam?
    Who is paying them to keep quiet?”
    I don’t think the media and it’s journalists are payed to keep quiet. My own experience is that the Marxist in some great degree also has taken control or dominate the Western journalist profession and the media.(Like they have done with Greenpeace, WWF and etc.)
    In other words they are more on the same gravy train to, what they seem to believe, “make a better World” by removing among many things the political playing ground globally and nationally for capitalism and classic liberalism.
    A climate treaty, global government, combined with the Agenda 21 tells it all?

  91. Santa Baby says:

    And it’s also in some degree about political correctness among the journalists and critic of UNFCCC policy based science and Agenda 21 seems for me to be tabu?

  92. Lars P. says:

    Bernd Felsche says:
    December 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm
    What can possibly go wrong?
    I guess the danger is the ice pushed by the wind could crush anything, this is why it is not recommended to stay.
    There was this older WUWT post which illustrates nicely the power of ice pushed by wind:
    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/12/is-this-what-the-beginning-of-glaciation-looks-like/

  93. It is strange that this is being spoken of as a ‘rescue’.

    Now one is in any danger, or non more than going to sea in a well found vessel.

    It is common for vessels to become trapped in ice, if thats where you want to go to then that is highly likely to happen, so you provision for it.

    Food, water and fuel will keep you going until the ice melts (strangely every year).

    Should the seafarers need to evacuate the vessel due to water ingress, the the other important part of ice exploration, sufficient equipment to survive on the ice is carried and used.

    All genuine research trips would expect to be trapped in the ice and plan for the above.

    The fact that they only have food for another two weeks tells me it was a holiday voyage.

    They do not need to be rescued, just resupply them by airdrop.

  94. Santa Baby says:

    Another possible explanation could be that newspapers and media fell for the new group of “Eco-’journalists”?
    By doing so enviro and climate “news” are these “Eco-’journalists” turf only. And by doing so the Eco-’journalists and the WWF, Greenpeace etc.. are on the same gravey train and makes it easier to “take” control over the Media and make it into propaganda institutions for the enviro’s with a political Agenda? I think this effectively ended the critique and started the consensus in the Media?

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