Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Risky South Pole rescue saves sick worker from isolated research station

A rare wintertime rescue attempt at the South Pole has succeeded in bringing a sick contractor for the National Science Foundation (NSF) away from the frigid pole and to the British Antarctic Survey's Rothera Research Base, which is located on the Antarctic Peninsula, about 1,500 miles north of the pole, the NSF announced on Wednesday. 

This was only the third-ever wintertime rescue attempt at the South Pole.

The 20-hour roundtrip flight from Rothera to the South Pole Station, where temperatures were close to minus-80 degrees Fahrenheit, was flown by a small de Havilland Twin Otter propellor plane. Read more...

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