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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue 361

New submitter Cochonou writes "In an unforeseen turn of events, the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long is now stuck in heavy Antarctic pack ice, just a day after its helicopter was used for the rescue of the passengers onboard the ice-trapped MV Akademik Shokalskiy. The Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis, which is now carrying the passengers of the Shokalskiy, has been placed on standby to assist. The Chinese vessel is waiting for favorable tidal conditions on Saturday to make another attempt at freeing itself."
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Chinese Icebreaker Is Stuck In Ice After Antarctic Research Vessel Rescue

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  • Hey dawg.. (Score:5, Funny)

    by sl4shd0rk ( 755837 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @10:44AM (#45856123)

    We heard you needed an ice rescue, so we're sending you an ice rescue for your ice rescue.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 03, 2014 @10:49AM (#45856169)

      Or to quote Hot Shots Part Deux,

      Now we have to go in to get the men who went in to get the men who went in to get the men.

    • No good deed...

      To a person, the recently rescued passengers are quietly bitching under their breaths, "Why does everything always happen to ME?"

      • by the real darkskye ( 723822 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @11:07AM (#45856385) Homepage

        Additionally, the captain was overheard saying "I'm getting too old for this shi...p"

      • "Why does everything always happen to me?"

        Mostly because they're at the frickin' south pole.

      • by gl4ss ( 559668 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @12:06PM (#45857141) Homepage Journal

        well, they're not on the ship that's stuck now(the chinese breakers helicopter used to get them to the ship)..

        just on the one that will get stuck soon.

    • by wbr1 ( 2538558 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @12:15PM (#45857237)
      New movie idea: iception
  • by roman_mir ( 125474 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @10:47AM (#45856153) Homepage Journal

    Yo Dawg, I herd you like to break ice, so I put an ice breaker in your ice breaker so you can break ice while you break ice.

  • by 3.5 stripes ( 578410 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @10:49AM (#45856171)

    could an icebreaker break, if it could actually break some freakin' ice!

  • by Bongo ( 13261 )

    In Soviet Russia, missing ice find you!

  • Unforeseen (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SJHillman ( 1966756 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @10:58AM (#45856279)

    If you send a ship to rescue another ship from ice, and that ship gets stuck in ice... I don't think that's exactly an "unforeseen" event. They knew the ice was there. And building up fast. It's a humorous turn of events, sure, but hardly unforeseen.

    • Yes, but what about the problem of Global Tilt -- Caused by the mass of all the icebreakers stuck in the Antarctica

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Some UK reports suggest that the 'scientists' and 'tourists' on this ship were ecofreaks seeking publicity to show that some previous explorer's route had become eco-wickedly ice-free. So... they got stuck in 'unforseen' thick ice. And so did their rescuers. And then they were evacuated thanks to an awful lot of gas-guzzling machinery - and still (today) can't leave the area. In the UK, we really do enjoy a good joke like this.
    • I'll go with:

      I don't think "unforeseen" means what you think it means...

      Of course this is Australia, up is down, black is white, and sending a ship to rescue a ship stuck in ice and by doing so also gets stuck in ice is unforeseen.

  • Fiasco (Score:2, Funny)

    What a fiasco.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 03, 2014 @11:02AM (#45856327)

    I just think it is cool there is such cooperation between Russia, China, and Australia on this "saving" of essentially Antarctic party animals, on a Russian drinking and discovery cruise.


    • by tibit ( 1762298 )

      I think it's all a waste of resources. They should have done an airdrop of food/supplies and had them weather it out. IIRC it was shortage of food that was the issue, they have fuel needed to duke it out.

  • by grub ( 11606 ) <> on Friday January 03, 2014 @11:03AM (#45856333) Homepage Journal

    That's the problem with Chinese ice breakers. You get stuck again in an hour.
  • How much ice would an icebreaker break if an icebreaker could break ice?
  • So, how many icebreakers would it take to form a continuous bridge back to Australia?

  • Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked.
  • Mainly climate activists and a few professors to observe the effects of global warming first hand. The "real scientists" started their annual research projects in October at the begining of Antarctic spring. (delayed a few weeks by the US government shutdown)

    Both poles have been cooler than average the last year with a lot more ice. The long term trend at least in the north still appears to be warming.
  • Throw the Jonah overboard and the problems will be solved...
  • We apologize for the icebreaker rescue. Those responsible for the rescue will need a rescue. An icebreaker ønce bit my sister.
  • Cold day in January: Crowd #1 sez "There's no global warming!" Hot day in August: Crowd #2 sez "There's global warming!"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 03, 2014 @11:47AM (#45856897)

    If you'd like to read more about the Antarctic ice and how hard it is to survive down there, I highly recommend the book Endurance []. It's about the voyage of Ernest Shackleton and crew in 1914. Their purpose-built ship got stuck in the ice for months then ultimately crushed. They survived on the ice floes for many more months before finally escaping. It goes into lots of detail and is a fascinating read.

  • Why do they keep using that term? I do not think it means what they think it means.

    • Because they're *really* good at starting conversations with new people. I mean, just look how long this thread is already. They really broke the ice.

  • That's what happens when you send a snow dragon to do an ice dragon job.

    Ideally you would think they would have a Fire Dragon that might be a lot more effective.

    • BTW if China ever builds a nuclear icebreaker they totally have to name it Fire Dragon, which Google translate tells me is: Hulóng.

  • Wow (Score:4, Interesting)

    by BringsApples ( 3418089 ) on Friday January 03, 2014 @01:07PM (#45857881)
    What'r the chances of getting stuck in ice in Antarctica during the summer months of 2013-2014, when global warming is at it's peak (tongue in cheek) - not once, but TWICE? Imagine having to be carried by a helicopter over all that ice, just to set down on another ship that's stuck in the same ice.

    On a side note, I live in Alabama (USA) and where it's generally been, for the past 8 years or more, 70+ degrees in January, it's 35 today. I wonder if the last 8 years or so have been hotter due to the sun's cycle. Because supposedly it just ended (last summer was the coolest it's been in 8 or more years) and now it's cold as shit this year.
  • The whole climate Warming or Change issue reminds me of the old story of four blind men meeting an elephant for the first time. One feels its truck and says "An elephant is a snake", another man feels the leg and say "An elephant is like a tree trunk". The third feels an ear and exclaims "An elephant is like a leaf and the fourth, having not moved in time says, just before getting crushed by its feet, an Elephant is like a huge rock". What they perceive is just a part of the whole and when put completely

To do two things at once is to do neither. -- Publilius Syrus