Skip to comments.Trapped ship passengers can't go overboard with New Year celebration (ice trapped)
Posted on 12/31/2013 2:09:01 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Passengers and crew aboard a Russian ship trapped for eight days in ice off Antarctica planned to ring in the New Year with dinner, drinks and song as they waited for a break in a blizzard to allow a Chinese helicopter to rescue them.
But they can't party too hard because the rescue could come at any minute.
The Akademik Shokalskiy, trapped since December 24 about 100 nautical miles east of a French Antarctic station, Dumont D'Urville, and about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania, welcomes the New Year at 1100 GMT, two hours ahead of Sydney.
It was not possible to contact the ship immediately thanks to patchy communications in one of the coldest and remotest places on Earth, but the plan was for passengers to congregate in the bar and sing a song about their adventure.
Revelries were to be kept in check in case passengers and crew had to leave at any moment if the snow and wind cleared.
"Tonight's celebrations have been tempered by the knowledge that we will definitely be getting helicoptered off, basically at the earliest opportunity, once the weather improves," Andrew Peacock, the expedition's doctor, said by satellite telephone.
"The camaraderie has been great but it is all a bit of a shame for it to end this way. We know a lot of other people are working incredibly hard to get us out of here."
The ship left New Zealand on November 28 on a private expedition marking the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by famed Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
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Shhhhh....they can't report that to their readers (the "folks" that must be fooled); that would expose the Leftists invested in control.
Fox News: We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. quote from Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at Australias University of New South Wales -- leader of "expedition."
Watts Up With That?: All scientists and passengers to be taken off ship stuck in Antarctic Ice
"ahhhhehe he he heh he"
Coldest and remotest? It is summertime now. Imagine how cold and remote it gets in the wintertime. Still, these globull warming, communist bastards don't admit the errors of their ways. The hard cord leadership is lying, and they know they are lying. It is, after all, all about socialism/communism.
Their camaraderie will end? huh? Shouldn't this adventure make them blood brothers for life?
Is the ice affecting their brain?
...because drunk, stupid, and frozen is no way to go through life...
I watched what must have been a 5-8 minute long report on CNN on this and the words “global warming” were not once mentioned. “Climate change” was used once; one single time. Atrocious.
Mountainions and butterflies were seen off the starboard side .
All marveled at the wonders of nature.
Then a great big crocodile and hippo ate em....
Just free thinking the possibilities....
I stopped feeling sorry when one of the PhD idiots said the ice is so thick because of global warming and that there is still massive ice loss. How about images from space we’ve seen where ice is massively growing?
Michael Savage, who I have a love hate relationship with, said liberalism is a mental disorder. Yup.
I was hoping that they would become a shrine to algore by becoming “commiecicles”.
I have read the stories and the comments on the worlds news sites and the vast majority are laughing at these green mafia solders... but there are those that worship the false god of green (both organic and $$$) and swear that we are all going to boil unless we live like Vikings. NOTHING will penetrate the shield of lies that they have woven around their brains.
Russian ship. Chinese helicopters. “Global warming.” Hmmmm. I think I’m starting to see a pattern here.
I guess they will now truly believe:
“Global warming is causing the earth to get colder”
These people are to stupid to see it any other way.
“live like Vikings”
More like proletarians.
I wonder who’s footing this bill to rescue them. I also wonder after they’ve been airlifted off, who’s going to claim the ship sinking is environmentally friendly? That the ship will sink is in no doubt, it won’t survive long in the coming ice, will be crushed like a bug.
That these idiots still proclaim global warming etc is quite appalling. They apparently are very highly educated and what have you, but yet they say some of the most idiotic things I’ve heard. It’s so frustrating that people can be this stupid. The Christian in me is glad they’re being rescued, but the conservative in me wants the earth to be light a few morons.
More like the dark ages with obama as king and hunger, disease and violence at the center of daily life.
Being highly educated in lies and evil do not make them smart... it makes them willing slaves to the their communist overlords. warren buffet and bill gates will write a check to cover it... or may soros already has.
True, I was more or less venting. It just blows me away is all. The scary part is, these same people want to rule us all, they know what’s best.
It is truly scary!
An elderly lady fell and broke her hip. They had to get her off the ship by helicopter. It took hours to maneuver in the choppy seas so the helicopter could safely land and take off. That was just one person being evacuated and the ship not having to deal with ice. It was on the Queen Mary 2, about the sturdiest ships there is. These folks are on a much smaller ship.
Maybe everybody on board should stop laughing and joking and realize there's real danger here, both to the passengers and to those who will have to make the rescue. Maybe we should be asking why those rescuers have to risk their lives because of "extreme" vacationing run amok.
Truthfully, by now they should be desperate to evacuate, because unless they take the first opportunity to do so, it may soon be too late. Temperatures in January are usually the second warmest, but winter may come weeks early.
Even leaving a skeleton crew behind is a big risk.
But not a bad way for a liberal to end it?
How many decades will it take until it is free again?
Stories of extraordinary human endurance like this one just warm the heart.