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US scientists stranded on an Antarctic peninsula have been rescued by the Argentine Navy after thick sea ice prevented their own icebreaker from reaching the team. The four scientists and a contractor became stranded on Sunday after the US icebreaker Laurence M Gould was unable to reach them on Joinville Island. The Argentine Navy quickly responded to airlift the researchers to the Almirante Irizar icebreaker. They will be transferred back to the Laurence M Gould when weather conditions improve. The five are all said to be in good health, according to the Argentine military. The US National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs said on its Facebook page the rescue of the team of... Full story

13 March