US and China help Australia evacuate expeditioner from Antarctica

A helicopter helps in the medical evacuation of an Australian expeditioner in Antarctica, in an operation which involved Australia, China and the US.
A helicopter helps in the medical evacuation of an Australian expeditioner in Antarctica, in an operation which involved Australia, China and the US.PHOTO: POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF CHINA

SINGAPORE - Australia, China and the United States put aside their geopolitical rivalry and worked together to evacuate an Australian expeditioner from Antarctica.

The five-day rescue mission, involving ships, helicopters and planes, needed the multi-country collaboration as Australia does not have small ski-equipped aircraft to fly within Antarctica, the Australian Antarctic Division said on Thursday (Dec 24).

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