Rescue ship Aurora Australis slowed to a crawl – fighting heavy sea ice to reach open water

Ship with 52 rescued Akademik Shokalskiy climate scientists and tourists is only able to make 1/4 knot (0.29 mph) in heavy ice towards open water. Latest webcam views show all ice all around the ship and no open water ahead. More webcam views follow. Australian Maritime Safety Authority Press release: 8.00am AEDT: 3rd January 2014…

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AMSA: Helicopter rescue of Akademik Shokalskiy completed

UPDATE: So much for that… Sea ice conditions are now likely to delay today’s planned rescue of passengers from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy. http://t.co/snGYZnqmNM — AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 2, 2014 And now it is apparently on again AMSA is awaiting confirmation that the Antarctica rescue operation has begun. — AMSA News (@AMSA_News) January 2,…

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

1pm 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…