Russian Cruise Ship Stuck in the Ice!

MV Akademik Shokalskiy stuck in the ice

Yesterday, December 25th, the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, a Russian cruise ship,  became stuck in ice off the Antarctic coast https://vine.co/v/h9zWrM5bBZ3. Rescue vessels are still at least 24 hours away. Luckily, everyone on board is in good health and spirits.  I would suppose the Russians are pouring lots of free drinks!!   Because the ship is so far from land, normal air rescue operations are not applicable. The ship will have to hang tight while three ships with ice-breaking capabilities make their way to the remote location. These ice capable ships are in no way comparable to the now departed USS Glacier AGB-4!  True icebreakers are designed to navigate ice-covered waters, making these ships the best option for rescue for the current situation.

Many Glacier sailors will remember being BESET!  But we never sent out an SOS for help because we were out of air range and we were the largest icebreaker at that time!

There was nothing capable of coming to our rescue. It was “sink or swim” time, more aptly put, break out or succumb to the lack of fuel and food.  I am writing this so you know the answer Captain Philip Porter, Jr. and his able crew beat the odds and broke out of compressed pack ice of 20 to 40 feet thick.

We wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all Icebreaker sailors and especially to our loyal supporters of the Glacier Society.  We need you’re your continued support, come sail with us!

To read more about the developing story, go to http://gma.yahoo.com/blogs/abc-blogs/cruise-ship-spends-christmas-stuck-ice-off-antarctica-161901748–abc-news-topstories.html.

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