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Posted on 01/04/2014 11:15:13 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) A U.S. Coast Guard heavy icebreaker left Australia for Antarctica on Sunday to rescue more than 120 crew members aboard two icebreakers trapped in pack ice near the frozen continent's eastern edge, officials said.
The 122-meter (399-foot) cutter, the Polar Star, is responding to a Jan. 3 request from Australia, Russia and China to assist the Russian and Chinese ships because "there is sufficient concern that the vessels may not be able to free themselves from the ice," the Coast Guard said in a statement.
The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped in ice-clogged Commonwealth Bay since Christmas Eve, while the Chinese ship which came to its rescue, Xue Long or Snow Dragon in Chinese, reported on Friday it too had become stuck nearby.
Andrew Peacock, an Australian doctor and photographer who was rescued from the Russian ship, said he and his fellow passengers "have been and continue to be thankful for all the help we have been given and ... aware of the cost and inconvenience to others."
(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...
Where’s Ernest Shackleton when you need him?
With such a sturdy hull and high power to back it up, the 13,000-ton (13,200 metric ton) Polar Star is able to break through ice up to 21 feet (6 m) thick and steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h)........ More
This is getting silly now! Prayers for all involved.
Amazing isn’t it?
I understand why the Russians have an ice breaker, but the Chinese?
Will be cool if our guys and our ship save the day.
So let me get this straight...a US icebreaker is going to “rescue” 2 other icebreakers “trapped” in polar ice that, according to Algore, doesn’t even exist.
They're setting up bases and stations all over Antarctica and need guaranteed access to build and resupply them. When the new protocol about using (not using) the resources in that area comes up for review again in 2048, China will have a say in how it can be used. THEY WANT the resources - coal, iron ores, manganese and hydrocarbon. China is taking the long view. China eyes Antarctica's resource bounty
"A tow truck on a dock tries to lift a mini-van out of the water, only to fall in."
This has turned into something so unbelievable that if you saw it in a movie, you’d think no way would this type thing happen. What a mess! I hope everyone can get underway quickly and safely.
Just curious but do we have a coast in Antarctica that needs guarded?
Send the rescue bill to Algore. He promised there wouldn’t be any ice left based on his global warming proclamations not many years ago.
This story reminds me of this video:
One rescue after another rescue after yet another rescue...
‘twas ever thus. When it hits the fan call for help from the good USA
Try reading the entire article. They break ice for re-supply ships to McMurdo Station, the US presence in Antarctica.
“Polar Star is able to break through ice up to 21 feet (6 m) thick and steam continuously through 6 feet (1.8 m) of ice at 3 knots (6 km/h).”
I find this to be amazing. I had NO idea any ship would move an inch when faced with ice even 2 feet thick much less 21 ft. Anyone know if there is video of a ship such as this in action?
Right. A whole lot of evil petrochemicals are being burned (wasted) to rescue these fools. The bill for this would make them faint.
“....The Polar Star is just returning to service after a years-long, $90 million overhaul. It’s designed to get through a 6-foot-thick (2-meter-thick) layer of ice when it’s sailing at 3.5 mph and when it’s in its backing-up-and-ramming mode, it’s capable of handling ice that’s up to 21 feet (6.5 meters) thick....”
Just as we are forced by federal law to give up incandescent bulbs for lesser alternatives to save carbon, fifty-two adventurers set off on a doomed expedition to prove a falsity: that the ice cap in the Antarctic is melting because of greenhouse gases.
Climate modeling is not the only modeling that continues to prove out of whack with the real world: From estimates of use of emergency room facilities to the number of signups by healthier, younger citizens, every assumption of the ObamaCare authors and regulators seems to fail when tested against the real world. The administration keeps lying and obfuscating about the number and nature of the enrollments, but it is clear to any sentient, careful observer that this is a shipwreck for the president and his party. What remains is only for the ship to be smashed into even smaller pieces."
America... always to the rescue and always pays the bill.
Also, they have opened a northern shipping route in the artic.
So a Russian research ship hoping to find evidence of global warming gets stuck in summer ice. Subsequent attempts by Australia, China, Russia and New Zealand to affect a rescue were unsuccessful. Now the USCG is sending an icebreaker to rescue the rescuers. You can't make this stuff up.
BTW, I blame Bush and his global warming policies.
Coast Guard, Ping...
Why didn't they go to the boat ramp?
Why would you put a boat out when Lake Huron was that rough?
How stupid was that guy in the GMC?
LOL when the tractors arrived to the French version of the Green Acres theme. Also when he opened the doors of the GMC to let Lake Huron drain out.
uh...isn’t rule number 1 of rescue operations to not become a victim yourself?
What is missing in the advertising of the specs for the USCGC POLAR STAR is that it is a maintenance hardship. She is in dry dock and year-long maintenance stints more than she is underway lately. We’ll see how she holds up.
Those stats of “handling” 6.5 meters of ice means that it takes a running start, runs atop the ice, the weight of the ship cracks it down, then ship applies astern propulsion to set up to take another 50 meter bite. That takes a very, very long time to go a few kilometers.
I’m with you guys, since 1971 and again tomorrow.
Just so you know. The Russians have the largest , most effective icebreakers, but most of them are in the Arctic.
One has to laugh at global warming mavins trapped in sea ice that apparently should not exist.No Obama sends in a US Coast Guard ship?
Why not just leave them there, global warming will met the ice very , very soon according to ALLEN GORP.
These people. re the Authorities telling industrialists the stuff they can’t be permitted to do. They weild enormous power over others and condescendingly talk about how they are trying to use their high-powered brains to rescue us from ourselves.
Yet THEY require elaborate rescue —a perfect nutshell.
Polar Star was the name of Arkady Renko’s second book..
Rescuing global warming scientists who get stuck in the ice is like rescuing Euell Gibbons if he was lost in the woods and starving!
They fubarred, they should be ready to tough it out!
Kind of a global warming - Darwinian thing going on here.
Why aren’t they waiting for Al Gore’s 2013 Global Warming?
US taxpayers take it up the wazoo in order to rescue globull-warming idiots on a junket. These moron degenerates should foot the bill or be sent to prison.
How much per hour for an icebreaker?
According to wikipedia (and the citation isn’t provided of course) the Russian Nuclear Ice breakers can only operate in the arctic due to their reactor design, which require COLD water. Not sure how much faith I place in wikipedia especially with no backup.
Pray for global warming —
The U.S. hasn’t built an icebreaker since the Carter years.
This one was retrofitted, but still.
That was hilarious and quite appropro —
Are they sending those tractors to the Antarctic??
and the media doesn't report it but it is SUMMER in the Antarctic!
I didn’t see your post — and thought of the same video.
Too funny — I love the “Green Acres” in French musical accompaniment.
Lot of “Gonna’ need a bigger boat” moments here.
He assumes others are responsible for the expense. Clever doctor.
Me neither. Wow.