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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica 382

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-save-you-then-you-save-me dept.
PolygamousRanchKid writes "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 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 Australian Maritime Safety Authority's Rescue Coordination Centre, which oversaw the rescue, said the Polar Star, the Coast Guard's only active heavy polar icebreaker, would take about seven days to reach Commonwealth Bay, depending on weather. Under international conventions observed by most countries, ships' crews are obliged to take part in such rescues and the owners carry the costs."
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US Coast Guard Ship To Attempt Rescue of 2 Icebreakers In Antarctica

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:24AM (#45870611)

    Coming again, to save the mother fucking day yeah!

  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:27AM (#45870625)

    Along came an icebreaker and there were...

    Two blue ships, stuck upon the ice. Two blue ships, stuck upon the ice, along came an icebreaker and there were...

    Three blue ships, stuck upon the ice...

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      From http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgcpolarstar/PolarStarNews.asp:

      "The Polar Star is the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar ice breaker. The ship is 399 feet in length, its maximum speed is 18 knots, it is able to continuously break six feet of ice at three knots, and able to break 21 feet of ice backing and ramming. The Polar Star is specifically designed for open-water icebreaking with a reinforced hull and special icebreaking bow."

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday January 05, 2014 @12:05PM (#45870847)

      Along came an icebreaker and there were...

      Two blue ships, stuck upon the ice. Two blue ships, stuck upon the ice, along came an icebreaker and there were...

      Three blue ships, stuck upon the ice...

      I don't get it.

      I was thinking the ice breaker was along the lines of ... "So, come to Antarctica often?"

  • by tsqr (808554) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:31AM (#45870637)
    I could have sworn Antarctica only has a northern edge.
    • by KingOfBLASH (620432) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:53AM (#45870763) Journal

      There is a western and eastern hemisphere, of which antarctica occupies both parts.

      http://geology.com/world/antarctica-map.jpg [geology.com]

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by tsqr (808554)
        Informative, but how relevant? Coasts are designated "East" or "West" based upon the compass direction in which they face. This is why North America, despite being entirely in the Western Hemisphere, has both an East Coast and a West Coast.
    • by Chemisor (97276)

      Nonsense. Antarctica has at least two edges: a northern edge and a US coast edge. The US coast guard only guards the US coast edge and that is where all those icebreakers get stuck because ice freezes over while they wait to get through customs.

    • by tomhath (637240)

      I could have sworn Antarctica only has a northern edge.

      Only at the South Pole. As soon as you're off that point you are on a point of Latitude and Longitude.

  • In one week... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mbone (558574) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:33AM (#45870649)

    In one week will we be reading about how country X is sending an icebreaker to free the three stuck icebreakers?

    Good thing it's summer down there. Wouldn't want to be stuck all winter [amazon.com]. That would be a pain.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Might as well reschedule the International Icebreakers Convention to the Arctic right now, everyone can have a jolly good bash at it!

      Or, for the more paranoid among us, its a ruse by Icebreaker crews to have a excuse to finally organize the International Icebreaker Olympics!

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      It's early summer, it will get warmer. It's supposed to be colder here in Illinois tonight than it is in Antarctica right now.

    • by Citizen of Earth (569446) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @01:30PM (#45871445)

      In one week will we be reading about how country X is sending an icebreaker to free the three stuck icebreakers?

      It'll be Canada to show you amateurs how it's done.

  • Semper Paratus (Score:4, Insightful)

    by bfmorgan (839462) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:36AM (#45870663)
    Always Ready
  • "The 399-foot cutter, the Polar Star, is responding..."

    Hey, that's one of my favorite novels! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polar_Star_(novel) [wikipedia.org]
  • by wjcofkc (964165) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @11:51AM (#45870751)
    An Western European led research vessel gets stuck in the ice. A Chinese ice breaker comes to the rescue. The Chinese ice breaker gets stuck in the ice. A Russian ice breaker with an international crew comes to the rescue. The Russian ice breaker gets stuck in the Ice. Now we have a US Coast Guard ice breaker on the way to save the day. The moral of the story? When you subtract nasty international politics from the equation, we really can get along.
  • Am I the only one reminded of this [snopes.com]?

  • you going to see that the japs doesn't kill any whales, right?
  • Three! (Score:5, Funny)

    by tlambert (566799) on Sunday January 05, 2014 @01:32PM (#45871459)

    Three! Three stuck icebreakers!

    Muahhhaaaahhaaaahhaaahhaaahhh!

    I *love* to COUNT! That's why they call me the COUNT!

    Muahhhaaaahhaaaahhaaahhaaahhh!

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