An American icebreaker en route to rescue Chinese and Russian vessels in the Antarctic

By Daily Mail Reporterand Reuters Reporter

PUBLISHED:   12:46  EST, 5 January 2014

The United States is sending  a heavy icebreaker to help free a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker gripped  by Antarctic ice, the Coast Guard said on Saturday.

The Polar Star is responding to a request for  assistance from Australian authorities as well as from the Russian and Chinese  governments, the Coast Guard statement said.

‘The U.S. Coast Guard stands ready to respond  to Australia’s request,’ Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Paul  Zukunft said. ‘Our highest priority is safety of life at sea, which is why we  are assisting in breaking a navigational path for both of these  vessels.’

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To the rescue! The US is sending heavy icebreaker, Polar Star, to help free a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker gripped by Antarctic ice, the Coast Guard said on SaturdayTo the rescue! The US is sending heavy icebreaker, Polar  Star, to help free a Russian ship and a Chinese icebreaker gripped by Antarctic  ice, the Coast Guard said on Saturday
Priority: US Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice Admiral Paul Zukunft said their highest priority is safety of life at sea and has sent the Polar Star to help the crews free their vessels in the AntarcticPriority: US Coast Guard Pacific Area Commander Vice  Admiral Paul Zukunft said their highest priority is safety of life at sea and  has sent the Polar Star to help the crews free their vessels in the  Antarctic

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Allyson  Conroy said the Polar Star was expected to arrive on the scene on January 12 and  take two to three days to complete its mission.

‘You’re looking at the Antarctic, which is a  challenge in itself. You have weather and you have ice,’ Conroy said in a phone  interview. ‘But our crews are very well trained and we expect to be successful  in this mission.’

The Chinese vessel now had concerns  about  its own ability to move through heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety  Authority said.

The Russian-owned research  ship, Akademik Shokalskiy, left New Zealand on  November 28 to commemorate the  100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas  Mawson.

It became trapped on December 24, 100  nautical miles east of French  Antarctic station Dumont d’Urville and about  1,500 nautical miles south  of Tasmania.

During  their time on the ice, passengers  amused themselves with movies, classes in knot tying, languages, yoga and  photography, and rang in the New  Year with dinner, drinks and a song their  adventure.

The Coast Guard’s Polar Star is 399 feet long  with a maximum speed of 18  knots. It can continuously break 6 feet of ice at  three knots, and can  break 21 feet of ice backing and ramming, the Coast Guard  said.

The Polar Star was on a separate mission  before being asked to help the two stuck vessels.

It had left its homeport of Seattle in early December on ‘Operation Deep  Freeze’, to break a channel through the sea ice of  McMurdo Sound in  Antarctica to resupply and refuel the US Antarctic Program’s McMurdo  Station on Ross Island.

American ship: The Polar Star in Hawaii en route to conduct missions in the Antarctic on December 13. The Coast Guard has accepted an Australian request to rescue the marooned Russian and Chinese shipsAmerican ship: The Polar Star in Hawaii en route to  conduct missions in the Antarctic on December 13. The Coast Guard has accepted  an Australian request to rescue the marooned Russian and Chinese ships
Still smiling: Stranded passengers shelter in a tent lashed to the ship's top deck as they sing a song they wrote, streaming live online to welcome in the new yearStill smiling: Stranded passengers shelter in a tent  lashed to the ship’s top deck as they sing a song they wrote, streaming live  online to welcome in the new yearThe long-awaited rescue of the 52 passengers  came after days of failed attempts to get the  passengers off the Russian ship  MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which got stuck  on Christmas Eve.Blinding snow, strong winds, fog and thick  sea ice forced rescuers to turn back time and again.Three icebreakers were initially dispatched  to try and crack their way  through the thick ice surrounding the ship, but all  failed.

Complex operation: The Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese icebreaker, as seen from Australia's Antarctic supply ship the Aurora Australis, sits in an ice pack unable to make its way back to open waterComplex operation: The Xue Long (Snow Dragon) Chinese  icebreaker, as seen from Australia’s Antarctic supply ship the Aurora Australis,  sits in an ice pack unable to make its way back to open water

Path to freedom: An undated image of the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which will eventually carry the passengers to the Australian island state of Tasmania, arriving by mid-JanuaryPath to freedom: An undated image of the Australian  icebreaker Aurora Australis, which will eventually carry the passengers to the  Australian island state of Tasmania, arriving by mid-January

Trapped for more than a week: Ben Maddison and Ben Fisk from MV Akademik Shokalskiy work to place a wind indicator atop an ice feature near the trapped shipTrapped for more than a week: Ben Maddison and Ben Fisk  from MV Akademik Shokalskiy work to place a wind indicator atop an ice feature  near the trapped ship

Keeping themselves busy: Passengers from MV Akademik Shokalskiy walk around the ice in the Antarctic

Keeping themselves busy: Passengers from MV Akademik  Shokalskiy walk around the ice in the Antarctic

The Aurora came within 20 kilometers (12  miles) of the ship Monday, but  fierce winds and snow forced it to retreat to  open water.

The Akademik Shokalskiy, which left New  Zealand on Nov. 28, got stuck  Christmas Eve after a blizzard pushed the sea ice  around the ship,  freezing it in place about 2,700 kilometers (1,700 miles)  south of  Hobart, Tasmania.

The ship isn’t in danger of sinking and has  weeks’ worth of supplies on board, but it cannot move.

The scientific team on board had been  recreating Australian explorer  Douglas Mawson’s 1911 to 1913 voyage to  Antarctica. Turney had hoped to  continue the trip if an icebreaker managed to  free the ship.

Stuck in the ice

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2534175/US-icebreaker-sent-help-stranded-ships-rescued-tourist-boat-Antarctic.html#ixzz2pb4FvIYk

And so, this expensive Global Warmist saga continues…will the BBC, Guardian, and their financially well-endowed global warmist bloggers (called “tourists” by the global state media) accompanying them continue their Global Warmist mantra despite not finding a polar bear stuck on a tiny ice sheet? Yes, they’ll continue to lie and some people will continue to believe them…follow the money.

Meanwhile the taxpayers will pay for the global warmist bloggers (tourists) expensive “global warmist” escapade!!! The Big Business Taxfree Foundations (Soros et al) will continue to fund “academia”, “newsmedia” along with their essential bloggers monthly salary.. All they have to do is promote that when ice melts, it’s because of the climate, and when water freezes, it’s  because of the weather. Nice gig if  you can get it – so long as you have no qualms in lying.

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