Thursday, January 2, 2014

FINAL UPDATE: M/V Akademik Shokalskiy rescue

All 52 passengers from the M/V Akademik Shokalskiy have been airlifted to safety by the helicopter aboard the Amver participating ice breaker Xue Long. Passengers were taken in groups of 12 to the Chinese ice breaker, then transferred to the Australian ice breaker Aurora Australis.

The Aurora Australis will head towards the Casey Antarctic Base for a resupply before returning to Australia with the rescued passengers in mid-January.

Professor Chris Turney, expedition leader, provided video of the rescue operations.

Can't see the video? Click here.

According to a final report from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority the search and rescue operation commenced on Christmas morning after the Falmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Center in the United Kingdom received a distress message from the M/V 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 the area.

The 22 crew of the Akademik Shokalskiy remain aboard the vessel as operations to free it from the ice continue.

Rescue personnel can quickly and easily request Amver information, including information on ice class vessels, for search and rescue operations in their regions.

Video courtesy of Chris Turney

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