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Argentine navy rescues US scientists from Antarctica

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The Argentine navy has rescued four US scientists and a contractor from an Antarctic camp after the US icebreaker due to pick them up could not reach them because of thick sea-ice, BBC reports.

The five were carrying out research on Joinville Island off the north-eastern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula.

All five are in good health after being airlifted by helicopter onto the Argentine icebreaker Almirante Irízar.

Rescuing the team and 400kg (880lb) of equipment took two-and-a-half hours.

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