Skip to comments.Antarctic passengers ponder logistics of air rescue as second icebreaker closes in
Posted on 12/29/2013 1:31:07 PM PST by fso301
In balmy 2C weather the ice has softened in places, posing a hazard for wanderers, but the Akademik Shokalskiy is still stuck
Sunday began as the days now always begin on the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with a briefing for the passengers on the status of the rescue effort.
The crew and expedition leaders had been poring over weather and ice forecasts and speaking with maritime rescue agencies and other ships' captains since the early morning. At 10am they decided it was time to warn the rest of the passengers to steel themselves for the extreme-case scenario if the icebreakers could not get us out within the next 48 hours: an air evacuation.
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Ponder this: the networks will carry four months of personal stories from these “heros” when they finally do get back.
I wonder how many of those passengers thought that this would be a “once in a lifetime” trip because the ice would soon be gone due to global warming.
I wonder if they’re getting daily briefings from Hollywood science experts on how this is normal as the planet undergoes its death throes due to global climate change.
If we didn’t have any coal plants this would never happen.
Pray America is Waking Up
And thereby publicize a cooling planet for four months?! Methinks not.
Nice opening line.
Alok (if that is correct) can write.
I urge all my fellow freepers to go out and start your cars trucks lawm mowers and such and let them idle I think we could help melt the ice and save those fellow humans
Not just because of climate change. For a few decades now, extreme guided tours have become the norm. There haven't been many problems, so people forget that there are real dangers, that their guides can't take care of everything.
This is a wakeup call. Sometimes, "extreme" means extreme.
I would very much enjoy a boat trip to the Antarctic.
Given that it is currently colder here where I am at in lovely Wisconsin, the temperature would feel right at home.
Getting airlifted out would be interesting as well. I’ve never been in a helicopter.
A bunch of PC Scientists, traveling to the Antarctic Pole to prove global warming is melting all the ice, are stuck in the ice.
What have the 750 print stories about these hammerheads been doing, exactly? True, the print stories leave out key, inconvenient facts and so will the endless interviews.
Inconvenient stories are put on Ignore faster than other news events...
What an adventure, I wish them the best but think of the stories they will have to tell.
True but when plopping down $25K each, I don't think these are the kind of stories they were expecting to tell upon their return.
abandon ship, send in the copters, it’ll take several trips but they need to get out of there before they become peoplesickles
Hollywood? The eco-nuts are there with the passengers telling them those things I bet.
The passengers should make them walk the plank... heh
if you go take some dogs and a sled
Shackleford didn’t need no stinkin’ helicopters.
Clearly racist as I see no black folks. How can science thrive without this diversity?
I assume you’re thinking of Ernie Shackleton?
Don’t know the answer, however I would love to take that trip. I am not an environmental whacko but have watched travel shows and read “Endurance” and it would be exciting, but very expensive.
Global warming at last?
They might as well know, they could easily die out there. Even if they have an air rescue, there must be some real dangers in doing so landing and picking the up and taking off. I think we will see some obits out of it.
Except it’s the same story 10 days in a row...
Importantly, January is the second warmest month in Antarctica, averaging about -18F. February is considerably colder, and by March the temperature drops radically.
So there actually is a timetable for them to get their rear ends out of there. If they miscalculate, even air rescue might be difficult or impossible.
And that’s just the temperature and the weather. The ice itself is another factor. If it either contracted or expanded radically, it could crush the lower hull of the ship.
For $23,000 (maybe more now, I haven't checked in a couple of years), a nuclear powered Russian icebreaker will take you to the North Pole.
Obamunists still try to point to Bush whenever any of their Messiah’s multitude of faults are brought to light.
“But Bush... but Bush...”
Yes Shackleton, my bad. Trying to watch the Chiefs game and write comments at the same time, probably a bad plan.
Stupid can be painfully cold and luckily they all volunteered for it.
A couple of those people appear to have been (poorly) photoshopped in. Look at the woman second from our right on the front row, and is that a spare leg next to her?
Oh heck man... david letterman said that people can water-ski in the Antarctic these days and algore swore to him that this was the truth!
As fun as plinking penguins must be, I'd never pay $25K for the trip.
The only downside is the outrageous cost of 22 long rifle rounds!
Yeah but you can more than make up the cost by popping them in a flipper and then filming "dramatic" documentary footage of leopard seals and killer whales feeding on penguins. That's the way its done you know?
According to Gore the ice should have ALREADY been gone by 2013...
It's funny. Liberals scammers could do the 'once in a lifetime' trip for the next 500 years... or as long as the world produces gullible liberals.
The world is laughing...
It’s freezing out there and these people are sitting on the snow?
Good thing they’re wearing life jackets. Yet some are gloveless or hatless.
I see no reason for them to be so happy... and throwing snow balls. Why are they being rescued?
Saving the Antarctic scientists, er media, er, activists, er tourists trapped by sea ice
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Spend 3 weeks at -20C and +2C really DOES feel balmy I'll tell you what.
at what point does the expanding ice crush the ship’s hull? - or does it?
What the article refuses to say: The scientists aboard are there to study (prove) AGW, that the ice is melting & the climate warming.
If that were the norm, this crap and a lot more would just stop.
A number of posters have commented on this. As I understand it, the Akademik Shokalskiy is ice hardened and is probably capable of withstanding lateral pressures. However, now that it is dolphined on the ice, it is largely at the mercy of the elements. It moves with the ice.
It's still summer and it may be that even if it can't be freed immediately, in another two weeks, the ice will shift significantly and the crew can get her back to open sea. Then again maybe the ice won't break up and the crew will be faced with overwintering.
The ship's owner will have to pay.
good info - thanks