Australian icebreaker runs aground in Antarctica


SYDNEY: Australia’s flagship icebreaker Aurora Australis broke its mooring in a blizzard and ran aground in Antarctica, leaving 68 expeditioners and crew stranded Thursday as freezing winds battered the area. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said the incident happened on Wednesday when the ship was on a resupply mission to the Mawson Station, with gales of more than 130 kilometers per hour whipping the base. “A total of 68 expeditioners and crew are on board, and all remain safe and well,” it said, adding that the icebreaker ran aground at West Arm in Horseshoe Harbor. Australian Antarctic Division director Nick Gales said those on board would only be transferred to the Mawson base when conditions improved.



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