What’s happening in Antarctica? A powerful Japanese icebreaker runs aground in Antarctica.
Antarctica is unpredictable and mysterious. And sometimes, it seems that Antarctica is trying to stop or at least slow down scientific research. After the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy drama, the Shirase icebreaker, one of the world’s most powerful icebreakers, is experimenting the joys of the wild Antarctica.
As reported by The Hasahi Shimbun, the Shirase was scraped underside by an underwater rock February 16 2014. Although water leaked, there are no further damages. Luckily, the accident occurred just about 700 meters off the unmanned Russian Molodyozhnaya Station.
The following video features rescue efforts during stranding of the Akademik Shokalskiy:
The first attempt by crew members to get the vessel off the rocks failed during high tide between 7 to 9 a.m. on Feb. 17, after examination of the ship’s damaged underside using an underwater camera. The next attempt will be undertaken during high tide on the night of Feb. 17.
Hopefully, the two research teams on board will not be caught in Antarctic ice.