The sorry saga continues.
3 Jan 2014 – The Chinese icebreaker that helped rescue “climate change” researchers from a Russian ship trapped in Antarctic ice found itself stuck in heavy ice on Friday.
A helicopter from the Chinese Snow Dragon plucked the passengers from the icebound Russian vessel – the Akademik Shokalskiy – to an Australian icebreaker late on Thursday.
But on Friday afternoon, the crew of the Chinese icebreaker said they were worried about their own ship’s ability to move through the heavy ice, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.
The Australian icebreaker carrying the rescued passengers, the Aurora Australis, has been instructed to remain on standby in open water in the area “as a precautionary measure”, the rescue agency said.
The Chinese icebreaker got within sight of the Akademik Shokalskiy on Saturday, but turned back after failing to break through the ice, more than 3 meters (10 feet) thick in some places.
A French flagged icebreaker also tried to help, but abandoned its efforts because of strong winds and heavy snow.
The Russian-owned research ship left New Zealand on November 28 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
The stated goal of the scientists aboard the Akademik Shokalskiy was to “answer questions about how climate change in the frozen continent might be already shifting weather patterns in Australia.”
However, the real goal appears to have been to provide more global warming propaganda.
In his description of the upcoming journey, expedition leader Professor Chris Turney noted that the East Antarctic Ice Sheet “contains enough freshwater to raise the world’s sea level by some 52 metres. Turney also notes that “there is an increasing body of evidence, including by the AAE members, that have identified parts of the East Antarctic which are highly susceptible to melting and collapse from ocean warming.” (See http://www.spiritofmawson.com/the-science-case/)
Thanks to Dean Koehler for these links