Russian Vessel Stranded in Antarctica - Ice-breakers Heading to the Rescue
Antarctica - 74 people aboard the Russian vessel MV Akademik Shokalskiy have gotten stuck in the frozen ice of this uninhabited continent. The ship was conducting a polar expedition when weather conditions made it impossible for the vessel to proceed any further. For now, the crew and passengers will have to take in the winter scenery until help arrives in the form of ice-breaking vessels.
The ship got stranded roughly 100 nautical miles (~115 miles) east of the French outpost called Dumont D'Urville. According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), it will require three ice-breakers to plow a path sufficiently wide for the MV Akademik Shokalskiy to sail out to safety. The original destination of the ship was Mawson's Hut at Cape Denison. This location is in the Commonwealth Bay and is considered to be the windiest place on earth due to the katabatic winds which are downward winds which sweep down with the force of gravity.
The ship itself is well-designed for polar expeditions and is reinforced against the stress of ice. As per the website "Expeditions Online", all 74 people are doing well and no one is in danger. There is no word yet as to when the ice-breakers will reach the vessel.
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