Polar Star no longer needed for Antarctic rescueJanuary 7, 2014 @ 6:28 pm
SEATTLE (AP) - The Coast Guard says its icebreaker Polar Star is no longer needed for an Antarctic rescue mission after both a Russian research ship and a Chinese icebreaker that tried to help the Russian vessel broke free of heavy pack ice.
The Coast Guard Pacific Area command center in Alameda, Calif., said Tuesday it had been told by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority that both ships were free and the Polar Star's help was no longer necessary.
The Polar Star left its Seattle homeport last month on a mission to break a channel through the sea ice of McMurdo Sound to allow the resupply and refueling of the U.S. Antarctic Program's McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations. It was asked last Friday to help the stranded ships.
The 399-foot-long ship will now return to its original mission.
It's the Coast Guard's only active heavy polar icebreaker.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
The Seahawks have released the 2014 regular-season schedule
Save the Buses?
A group is gathering signatures to save transit, but Michael Medved has another solution
21 and Over
If 21 is the legal age for alcohol and marijuana, why not cigarettes?
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.