Another day like the one before. Stuck. At the mercy of the relentless elements. Release days away.
Oh sorry, did you think I meant the Antarctic explorer?
President Barack Obama’s Hawaii vacation: Day 9
GYM: Obama went for his usual morning workout at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, spending nearly one-and-a-half hours at the gym. As he returned to his vacation home, a demonstrator held a sign near a blocked off street that read: “Thank you for ACA,” referring to the Affordable Care Act, the formal name of Obama’s health care overhaul. [Thank you, indeed!]
GOLF: Obama returned to the base a few hours later for a round of golf, playing in a group of six total.
He spends so much time at the base, you wonder if he’s under military arrest. A man can dream.
An Australian icebreaker on Monday suspended efforts to reach an icebound research ship carrying 74 people in the Antarctic because of adverse weather.
The Aurora Australis turned back after making it to within 10 nautical miles of the research ship Akademik Shokalskiy, which has not moved since sending out a distress signal on Christmas, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said.
“The area where the MV Akademik Shokalskiy is beset by ice is currently experiencing winds of up to 30 knots and snow showers,” the maritime authority said Monday. “These weather conditions have resulted in poor visibility and made it difficult and unsafe for the Aurora Australis to continue. … Further attempts may be made by the vessel in due course to undertake the rescue once weather conditions improve.”
Rescue efforts may focus on the nearby Chinese icebreaker the Xue Long, which carries a helicopter that could be used to lift passengers and crew off the Akademik Shokalskiy. However, the weather is delaying any such effort.
“At this time, it is also unsafe to attempt to launch the helicopter from the Chinese vessel,” the maritime society said.
It’s winter in Hawaii and summer in the Antarctic, if you couldn’t tell.