The injured Davis Station chef was successfully airlifted to Hobart by a LC-130 aircraft. The crew at the station rushed to build a temporary 3000m sea ice runway. After flying from McMurdo the aircraft remained at Davis overnight before continuing on to Hobart.
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.
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.
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.