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AN American icebreaker will attempt to free two ships stuck in ice in Antarctica.                                                                                                                        Twenty-two crew remain on board the Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which sparked a rescue mission after a blizzard pushed sea ice around the ship and froze it in place on Christmas Eve.
The 52 scientists and tourists on board the research ship were airlifted to safety last week, thanks to the help of the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long.
Those passengers are now on board Aurora Australis on their way to Australia's Antarctic base Casey Station and then Tasmania.
But shortly after the rescue, the 101 crew of the Chinese icebreaker that provided the helicopter that airlifted the passengers on the Russian ship to safety itself became beset by thick ice.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said on Sunday that the US Coast Guard's icebreaker Polar Star is now on its way to help.
        The Polar Star has been en route from Seattle to Antarctica since December 3 with a plan to clear a navigable shipping channel in the region.
An AMSA spokeswoman said they will delay this job to help the two stuck ships.
The icebreaker will leave Sydney on Sunday.
It will take about seven days for the US icebreaker, with a crew of 140 people, to reach Commonwealth Bay.
The AMSA spokeswoman said the US ship had greater capabilities than the Russian and Chinese vessels.
"It can break ice over six metres thick, while those vessels can break one-metre ice," she told AAP on Sunday.
"The idea is to break them out, but they will make a decision once they arrive on scene on the best way to do this."
AMSA will be in regular contact with the relevant US Coast Guard and the captain of the Polar Star during its journey to Antarctica.
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Post time 2014-1-5 12:54:51 |Display all floors
Hmmm, the US to the rescue - how fortunate for the Chinese & Russians.
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jay_dee Post time: 2014-1-5 12:54
Hmmm, the US to the rescue - how fortunate for the Chinese & Russians.

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Post time 2014-1-5 13:33:23 |Display all floors
This post was edited by KIyer at 2014-1-5 15:35

this is really what countries should be doing for each other, even if competitiively - helping each other. Good on the USA!  They are very good at preparing for such rescues, disaster relief etc. They probably have some of the best equipment, technology and trained people for these. Worth emulating! I think China and Australia too showed the right spirit in helping the trapped Russians. Good on them!
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jay_dee Post time: 2014-1-5 12:54
Hmmm, the US to the rescue - how fortunate for the Chinese & Russians.

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dusty1 Post time: 2014-1-5 13:27
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Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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Post time 2014-1-5 13:38:21 |Display all floors
KIyer Post time: 2014-1-5 13:33
this is really what countries should be doing for each other, even if competitiively - helping each  ...

This is how the United Nations should be about
Stan, you're holding a gun to God's head. I can't think of a metaphor that's better than this.

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