Rescued Antarctic group due in Australia in two weeks
SYDNEY (AFP) - A group of scientists, tourists and journalists rescued by helicopter from their icebound ship in Antarctica is due back in Australia in a fortnight, officials said on Tuesday.
The 52 passengers, who spent Christmas and New Year stranded by thick ice in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay, are expected to arrive at Australia's Casey research base on board the resupply ship Aurora Australis, according to Australia's Antarctic Division (AAD).
They were rescued from the marooned Russian research vessel, Akademik Shokalskiy, last Thursday, using a helicopter from Chinese icebreaker Xue Long to ferry them to the Aurora.
AAD director Tony Fleming said the Aurora was expected to dock at southern Australia's Hobart city on Jan 22, returning the passengers to dry land some three weeks later than they were originally due to disembark in New Zealand.