Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star freed the fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain Friday night that was beset in ice approximately 900 miles northwest of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After meeting with the 207-foot fishing vessel, the crew of Polar Star took the Antarctic Chieftain in a stern tow. The vessels are surrounded by 12 to 15 feet thick ice covered with...

U.S., New Zealand lead Antarctic rescue mission

U.S., New Zealand lead Antarctic rescue mission
ALAMEDA, Calif. – A U.S. Coast Guard cutter is responding to a 207-foot fishing vessel with 27 people aboard beset in ice approximately 900 miles northeast of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. The Australian-flagged fishing vessel, Antarctic Chieftain, contacted Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand after becoming beset in ice. The vessel suffered damage to three of its four propellers...