|Antarctic Chieftan - 26 people aboard|
This ice breaker, the Polar Star has had to break through several hundred miles of 9 foot thick ice, and through blizzard snow with 35 MPH winds. They reached the stricken fishing boat on Friday.
This would be the view from the bridge of the ice breaker!
Captain Matthew Walker, commanding officer of the Polar Star, stated they would tow the vessel clear of the ice, and then turn it over to a New Zealand fishing boat, Janas, to tow her to the nearest safe harbor. Walker also mentioned the conditions were more formidable than expected! I'll bet they were!
Interestingly, the stricken vessel was fishing for Antarctic Toothfish, usually marketed in North America as Chilean Sea Bass. Now you can understand why it might be a bit more expensive than Cod or Mackerel!
So, thanks to the Coast Guard, once again, for being there and living up to their motto: Semper Paratus (always prepared). And stop complaining about how miserable this weather is - at least we know it will end at some point! Down there, not so much!