37 People Rescued from Stranded Australian Icebreaker Ship in Antarctica

The Aurora Australis ship sits among new ice, moored in Horseshoe Harbour at Mawson Station, Antarctica in this undated file photo supplied by the Australian Antarctic Division February 24, 2016. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Australian Antarctic Division, the ship broke free of its mooring lines and has run aground during a blizzard with 67 expeditions and crew aboard. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Chris Wilson-Australian Antarctic Division/Handout via Reuters)
The Aurora Australis ship sits among new ice, moored in Horseshoe Harbour at Mawson Station, Antarctica in this undated file photo supplied by the Australian Antarctic Division February 24, 2016. According to a statement released Wednesday by the Australian Antarctic Division, the ship broke free of its mooring lines and has run aground during a blizzard with 67 expeditions and crew aboard. (PHOTO CREDIT: Reuters/Chris Wilson-Australian Antarctic Division/Handout via Reuters)

Thirty-seven expeditioners have been rescued from an Australian icebreaker ship stranded in Antarctica.

Aurora Australis was on a supply mission to Mawson Station when it broke its mooring during 80mph blizzards and ran aground in Horseshoe Harbour on Wednesday.

The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) said all 37 expeditioners on board have now been transferred by barge to Mawson.

The remaining 31 crew will stay on board and try to free the vessel from rocks using its ballast system and work boats.

AAD said there is a breach in the hull, but it poses no risk to the stability of the vessel or of fuel leaking into the Antarctic wilderness.

The ship’s owners, P&O Maritime Services, said once the Aurora Australis is refloated, it will be taken out of Horseshoe Harbour for a fuller assessment of damage.

The vessel was due to pick up 30 expeditioners at another Australian research base, Davis, who were heading back to Australia.

They will instead be flown to Australia’s Casey Station.

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