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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

The string of bad news from the continent doesn’t stop. An Australian colleague at Davis Station came off a quad bike on a trip to Trajer Ridge. The man suffered a fractured pelvis and multiple fractures to both ankles. He is in a serious but stable condition and options of an evacuation are being investigated.


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The Norwegian explorer from Troll Station arrived in Cape Town and received treatment at the local hospital.

Hopefully there won’t be any more of these posts. This is the time of the year when those of us who have been here all year turn into space cadets and zombies and the new people are full of too much energy. Definitely time to be extra, extra careful. Everyone out there please stay safe!

Medevac from Norwegian Troll Station Update 2

Monday, October 20th, 2008

The South African Times reports that a rescue crew, led by pilot John Roberts, left Cape Town International Airport last Saturday to evacuate 30-year-old Norwegian mechanic Sigurd Sande.


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The aircraft is on its way back to Cape town.

Medevac from Norwegian Troll Station Update

Monday, October 13th, 2008

The medevac for Norwegian Sigurd Sande, 30, was aborted last Friday. A private jet had taken off from Cape town, but had to return 1500km out from Troll Station due to bad weather. Another attempt will be made as soon as weather conditions improve.

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One dead in fire at Progress Station

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

Another unfortunate accident to report from Antarctica: A fire broke out October 5 at the Russian Progress station, killing one construction worker and seriously injuring two others.

“All the radio equipment was destroyed. One of the station’s construction workers… died, and two others received serious fractures and injuries”

according to expedition leader Valery Lukin.


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Progress Station (Photo: Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute)
Progress Station (Photo: Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute)
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Medevac from Norwegian Troll Station

Wednesday, October 8th, 2008

One of our colleagues at the Norwegian Troll Station was injured in an accident. A male mechanic suffered a complex leg fracture. He is in a stable, non life threatening condition. Troll is a small Antarctic research station with only six winter-overs. They are working to clear the airfield for the medevac to South Africa.


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This is a trying time, especially for such a small, close-knit crew. Best of luck to them. I have been here for two winter medevacs from our Station and I was also involved in a the rescue of a Troll station crew member who got injured in a snowmobile accident in 2001 and was flown by a German aircraft from Troll to the South Pole and then on via McMurdo to Christchurch on a LC-130.

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