Irony: Global Warming researchers visit Anarctica, get ship stuck in ice

No, this story does little to advance the narrative of anyone involved in the Global Warming debate. But it is terribly ironic. A team of climate scientists travelling to Antarctica, ostensibly to conduct experiments and gather data regarding “climate change”, got their ship stuck in the ice. Oof.

From the Guardian:

A team of scientists and members of the public who have been retracing the footsteps of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition (AAE) of 1911 have become trapped in heavy ice a few miles from the coast of Antarctica.

Passengers aboard the ship, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, were informed on Christmas morning that the captain had issued a distress call to the Maritime Service Authority based in Falmouth in the UK earlier in the day. Three nearby icebreaker ships have been notified of the Shokalskiy’s situation and are on their way to help.

The nearest ship, the Chinese Xue Long (Snow Dragon), will take just over a day to reach the Shokalskiy’s position, around 1,500 nautical miles from Hobart in Tasmania. A French ship called the Astrolabe, and sent out from the nearest Antarctic base, Dumont D’Urville, could arrive around the same time. The furthest ship, also on its way, is the Australian icebreaker, Aurora Australis.

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The good news is that everyone on board is well and in no apparent immediate danger as the ice-breaking ships are on the way to rescue them.

I do suppose it’s difficult to navigate through areas that are experiencing record amounts of ice.

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