BBC story on the plight of the Academician Shokalskiy
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Eventually they are going to have to get a bigger class icebreaker down there to get them out, something more like this behemoth.
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Being a retired USCG officer with a handful of years at sea, I can relate a few stories of traveling in the ice. Some of these I have experienced first hand, and others I have learned in my studies of USCG history. Those stories are going to have to wait for a further blog entry.