The Chinese rescue ship is now ice-bound too…in summer

The ship has been stranded in the barren, frozen landscape since Christmas

The ship has been stranded in the barren, frozen landscape since Christmas

The story of the global warming expert’s expedition to study the effects of global warming in Antarctica is getting funnier by the day.

Now the most capable rescue ship is also ice-bound and unable to progress…in summer…when the ice caps are supposed to be melting away due to “unprecedented” warming of the planet.

On top of that the expedition also has a Guardian journalist onboard…one of the biggest pushers of global warming in the media.

The ice breaker sent out to rescue a tourist ship submerged in Antarctic ice since Christmas Day is stuck en-route to the vessel.  

The Chinese icebreaker Xue Long, or Snow Dragon, is six nautical miles away from the stranded Russian ship and may take another two days to reach it, its captain has said.

Academic Shokalskiy, carrying 74 people, was recreating a 100-year-old Australasia expedition first sailed by Sir Douglas Mawson to see how the journey changes using new technology and equipment.

But on Wednesday morning, the boat hit a mass of thick ice sheets and today remains at a stand still.

Just before 5am on Wednesday, Australia deployed a The Snow Dragon to free the group into open water, the BBC reported, but Capt. Wang Jiangzhong has now said it may need another two icebreakers to help it get to the stranded ship.

French vessel L’Astrolabe has also been sent out for back up, alongside Australia’s Aurora Australis, which is carrying food and first aid professionals.

Finally, after two days being stranded, the passengers hope to be rescued today by the Snow Dragon.

However, the support teams have warned oncoming blizzards could delay their arrival even further.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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