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Those 52 scientists and tourists stuck on a Russian research ship in the Antarctic for ten days have now been rescued by a helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker
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Passengers link arms and stamp out a helicopter landing site on the ice near the MV Akademik Shokalskiy (back R), stuck in the ice off eastern Antarctica. AFP/Andrew Peacock / www.footloosefotography.com
Antarctic "holiday" ends with helicopter rescue
Those 52 scientists and tourists stuck on a Russian research ship in the Antarctic for ten days have now been rescued.
Yesterday, a helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker landed on a makeshift landing pad next to the marooned ship and ferried the scientists, tourists and journalists to an Australian government supply vessel, the Aurora Australis.
It was a holiday to remember for the tourists on board, but those involved in the rescue effort are not so happy. AFP/Andrew Peacock / www.footloosefotography.com
While the passengers seemed to thoroughly enjoy their enforced stay on the snow and ice, authorities involved in the rescue effort are not so happy.
"All Antarctic operations are difficult just because of the nature of the place and in this particular case the movement of the ice and the changing of the weather introduced their own complications," said John Young, general manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority's (AMSA) emergency response division.
AMSA said the price of the rescue mission was not yet clear, but the costs would broadly fall to the ships involved.
Adapted from an AFP story
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authority: a person or government agency who has the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
broadly: widely - อย่างกว้างขวาง
complication: something which makes a situation more difficult, or when it does this - การทำให้ยาก, การทำให้ยุ่ง
division: one part of a large company or organization - แผนก
effort: an attempt to do something - ความพยายาม
emergency: an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary - เหตุฉุกเฉิน
enforced: that somebody is forced to do or experience without being able to control it - โดยถูกบังคับ
ferry: to transport people or goods - ส่ง
involved: taking part or having a role in something - เกี่ยวข้อง
journalist: a person who writes news stories or articles for a newspaper or magazine or broadcasts them on radio or television - ผู้สื่อข่าว
land: to cause an aircraft to come down to the ground - บินลง, นำลงจอด
makeshift: used temporarily for a particular purpose - ซึ่งทดแทนชั่วคราว, สำหรับใช้ชั่วคราว
maritime: connected with human activity at sea; near the sea or coast - ทางทะเล, เกี่ยวกับทะเล
maroon: to leave somebody in a place that they cannot escape from, for example an island - ปล่อยทิ้งไว้
nature: the basic quality of something - ธรรมชาติของสิ่งต่างๆ
operation: a planned activity involving a lot of people, especially soldiers or police officers - การปฏิบัติการ
pad: a flat surface where a spacecraft or a helicopter takes off and lands - สถานที่ปล่อยจรวดหรือเฮลิคอปเตอร์
particular: specific - โดยเฉพาะ
rescue: saving a person or animal from a dangerous or unpleasant situation - การช่วยชีวิต
research: a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - การวิจัย
response: a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง
site: a place where something is located - สถานที่
stamp: to put your foot down heavily and noisily on the ground - เหยียบ, กระทืบ
stuck: unable to move, or fixed in a particular position or place - ติด
thoroughly: very much; completely - อย่างแท้จริง, อย่างที่สุด
vessel: a large boat or ship - เรือขนาดใหญ่ เช่นเรือบรรทุกสินค้า