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Fifty Stranded Ship Passengers in the Antarctic Evacuated by Helicopter

January 6, 2014
Colson Hicks Eidson

According to CNN, after being stranded for 10 days, 52 passengers from a ship stuck in ice in the Antarctic have now been transferred by helicopter to an Australian icebreaker. On January 2, a helicopter from a nearby Chinese icebreaker ferried passengers to the Australian icebreaker, the Aurora Australis.

Chris Turney, an Australian professor among the research team stranded on the ship, posted videos on Twitter showing the helicopter arriving on a makeshift helipad on the ice and taking off into the sky. “It’s 100% we’re off! A huge thanks to all,” tweeted Turney.

The rescue began Christmas Eve after the MV Akademik Shokalskiy became stuck in unusually thick ice in the Antarctic. Officials abandoned other rescue attempts because of the treacherous conditions of the region.

It will still be weeks before the research team makes it to the Australian port of Hobart, stated John Young of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority. “Mid-January is our best guess,” Young told reporters.

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Shipowners have a responsibility to ensure that safety measures are in place to protect passengers in the event of a situation such as this. When accidents occur because of poor maintenance, incompetent staff members or improperly trained employees, the ship owners can be held legally responsible for negligence. Owners can also be held liable for accidents that are caused by inadequate safety equipment or emergency precautions.

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