The Australian expeditioner requiring urgent medical care has been airlifted in a “complex operation” from the Casey Research Station (WAP AUS-Ø2) in Antarctica to the icebreaker RSV Nuyina.
After breaking through sea ice, the Nuyina was able to reach a location near the Petersen Bank, about 144 kilometres from the research station, on Sunday, Sept.3rd.
“It’s the earliest we’ve ever gone to an Antarctic station, just a day or two after the official end of winter,” Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) acting general manager of operations Robb Clifton said.
The Nuyina is expected to arrive back in Hobart this week, depending on Southern Ocean weather conditions.
The ship first embarked on the rescue mission last week, travelling nearly 3,500 kilometres from Hobart.
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