We've made it to the Aurora australis safe & sound. A huge thanks to the Chinese &
@AusAntarctic for all their hard work! #spiritofmawson
Australian climate change alarmist, professor Christ Turney and his followers - scientists and tourists on a research ship trapped by Antarctic ice since Christmas Eve - have been airlifted to safety.
They were flown by helicopter from the MV Akademik Shokalskiy to an ice floe next to the Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis, after which they were taken by a small boat to the vessel.
According to a posting on the expedition website by Dr. Turney on Dec. 31, the nearest open water from the ship was 16 nautical miles away across the ice:
It has been a sobering week. At the time we were initially caught by the sea ice, the Shokalskiy was just 2 to 4 nautical miles from open water. Now the sea ice distance has become even greater with the continued winds from the east, putting our nearest point of exit at some 16 nautical miles. The international effort has been extraordinary and we are incredibly grateful for all the hard work and effort everyone has provided to assist the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013-14 in escaping from the ice – a big thanks in particular to the Chinese, French and Australians, co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Rescue Centre.
It is of course fine that the alarmist professor and his followers have been rescued. But as so often, the bill for the huge rescue operation, probably running up to several million dollars, is likely to be footed by the Australian taxpayers - money that could be used for some more meaningful purposes.
Among the rescued climate change tourists, one was the BBC's Andrew Luck-Baker (Senior Producer, BBC Radio Science Unit, Brighton, UK). Why on earth does the BBC waste money on this kind of useless global warming tourism?