For critics of the supposed “scientific consensus” around global warming, the New Year holiday was imbued with a sense of schadenfreude as a group of climate change researchers got stuck in unexpectedly large ice pack in Antarctica.
Thankfully, they’ve all been rescued by a helicopter after multiple attempts by other ships failed:
A long-awaited rescue of passengers from a Russian research ship trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally went ahead Thursday morning, with a helicopter safely ferrying all 52 researchers and tourists to a nearby vessel, expedition leaders said.
The helicopter was originally going to airlift the passengers to a Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, with a barge then ferrying them to an Australian vessel. But sea ice was preventing a barge from reaching the Snow Dragon, and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, which is overseeing the rescue, said the operation would consequently be delayed.
A last-minute change in plans allowed the rescue to go ahead, however. Those rescued were instead flown to an ice floe next to the Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis, and then taken by a small boat to the Australian ship, expedition leader Chris Turney said.
“We’ve made it to the Aurora Australis safe & sound,” Turney posted on his Twitter account hours after the operation began. He thanked the Chinese and the Australians for coming to the rescue of the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalski, which has been stuck in the ice since Christmas Eve.
Of course, what’s not getting a lot of attention in the media is the reason these people were in Antarctica to begin with.
CNN giving the researchers stuck in the ice a lot of play. Not hearing a lot, tho, about what they were researching.
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) January 2, 2014
As Ed Morrissey points out, news outlets like CNN, CBS and the Associated Press aren’t exactly playing up the irony of people who believe in anthropogenic global warming getting stuck in ice that wasn’t supposed to exist.