Antarctic expeditioners rescued from Australian icebreaker

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SYDNEY: Expeditioners stranded on Australia’s flagship icebreaker, which ran aground in Antarctica, were Friday rescued by barge, ahead of attempts to refloat the ship. The Aurora Australis has been stuck since breaking its mooring and being swept onto rocks Wednesday during a raging blizzard while on a resupply mission to Australia’s Mawson Station. “Expeditioners on board the Aurora Australis have been successfully transferred by barge to Mawson station,” the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said in a statement late Friday. The crew has remained on the ship and will attempt to move it off the rocks at West Arm in Horseshoe Harbor using the ship’s ballast system and work boats.

AFP

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