An Australian researcher who fell ill at a remote Antarctic base has been successfully rescued and is currently en route back to Australia.
The situation: The researcher was working at the Casey research station when he developed a medical condition that required specialized assessment and care.
* The icebreaker RSV Nuyina travelled over 3,000 kilometers, breaking through sea ice, to reach a location 144 kilometers from the base, from where helicopters were dispatched to the research station.
The rescue operation: Two helicopters were deployed from the icebreaker RSV Nuyina on Sunday and reached the base after nearly an hour to rescue the man.
* “The first phase of the evacuation was performed safely and successfully and the ship is now on the return voyage to Hobart,” said Robb Clifton, the division’s acting general manager of operations and logistics.
Healthcare arrangements: The man will be cared for in the icebreaker’s specially equipped medical facility by polar medicine doctors and staff from the Royal Hobart Hospital until his arrival in Australia next week.
* Authorities have chosen not to disclose the man’s name or the specifics of his medical condition in order to protect his privacy.
Background: During summer, over 150 people work at the Casey research station, however, during winter the number drops to fewer than 20 for maintenance work.
* The Australian Antarctic Division confirmed that all other people working at Australian bases in Antarctica were accounted for and safe.
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