American Scientists Rescued From Antarctic Island

March 13, 2018 9:57 am Last Updated: March 13, 2018 10:30 am

The Argentine Navy rescued a group of American scientists stranded on Joinville Island in Antarctica on Sunday, March 11.

A helicopter airlifted the four scientists and one support worker to safety to an icebreaker ship sent by Argentina, following a call of assistance from the United States Antarctic Program.

According to Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a U.S. icebreaker could not recover the team because of thick ice in the Weddell Sea, located south of the Argentinian mainland.

The five are said to be in good health, and will be transferred to the U.S. icebreaker when weather conditions improve.

“The U.S. Antarctic Program expresses its gratitude to its Argentine colleagues for their willingness to help,” the program said in a statement.

Credit: Argentina Navy via Storyful