US Icebreaker en Route to Help Ships Stuck in Antarctic Ice
The United States coast guard is sending the Polar Star to bolster the relief effort, following an appeal by the Australian authorities.
Although 52 passengers on board a ship trapped in sea ice for nine days off the Antarctic coast have been airlifted to safety in a five-hour operation, the Chinese icebreaker used for the operation is itself stuck.
U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker the Polar Star (Reuters)
“The US Coast Guard stands ready to respond to Australia’s request,” said Paul Zukunft, the coast guard’s Pacific area commander.
“Our highest priority is safety of life at sea, which is why we are assisting in breaking a navigational path for both of these vessels.”