A sick Australian working at a remote research station in Antarctica has been successfully evacuated, as operations continue to bring them back to Australia.
On Monday afternoon, the Australian Antarctic Division (ADD) confirmed the expeditioner was on their way back to Hobart after a “developing medical condition” required their urgent removal from the Casey Research Station.
While they will require specialist assessment and care in Australia, they are currently being looked after on the Australian Antarctic Program’s icebreaker RSV Nuyina.
The research and supply vessel travelled from Hobart, Tasmania, before two helicopters were deployed to collect the expeditioner, about an hour long flight, or 144km away.
It is slated to arrive back in Hobart next week, depending on weather conditions.
AAD acting general manager of operations and logistics Robb Clifton said the first phase of the evacuation was “performed safely and successfully”.
“Getting this expeditioner back to Tasmania for the specialist medical care required is our priority,” he said.
“The expeditioner will be looked after in the Nuyina’s specially equipped and designed medical facility by our polar medicine doctors and Royal Hobart Hospital medical staff.”
A spokesperson from the AAD has declined to share further details on the identity of the individual or the nature of their illness.
All other members of the research station are safe and account for, and the person’s family have been kept fully informed of the situation.