Russian icebreaker arrives at North Pole 40 station to evacuate polars explores

The Yamal nuclear icebreaker arrived on Saturday at the North Pole 40 station drifting on a split ice block in the Arctic Ocean to evacuate trapped polars explores, Atomflot said.

The Yamal nuclear icebreaker arrived on Saturday at the North Pole 40 station drifting on a split ice block in the Arctic Ocean to evacuate trapped polars explores, Atomflot said.

"The voyage to the ice block was completed in seven and a half days; the nuclear icebreaker was moving at the average speed of eight knots," the report said.

It reached the station at 7:30 p.m. Moscow time on Saturday to take aboard North Pole 40 equipment and explorers.

"The evacuated station personnel will return to Murmansk. Some expedition members will land on Cape Baranov of the Bolshevik Peninsula," it said.

Once the station gear is unloaded, the icebreaker will assist in shipping along the Northern Sea Route.

Russian Natural Resources and Ecology Minister Sergei Donskoi told reporters earlier that the North Pole 40 meteo-station personnel would be evacuated in mid-June. The station will have to close down several months earlier than planned. The minister said the North Pole 40 personnel were not in danger.

North Pole 40 was deployed on a ten-kilometer ice block, which split later due to warming and ocean currents. The ice block under the station was 100-150 square meters in size, which required urgent evacuation of the explorers.

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