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Australian Icebreaker Runs Aground in Antarctica

Ship breaks free of its moorings during a blizzard Wednesday Morning

The ship Aurora Australis sits moored in Antarctica's Horseshoe Harbour as it resupplies Mawson station in this undated file photo supplied by the Australian Antarctic Division
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Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis has run aground in Antarctica while on a mission to resupply Mawson Station.

The ship broke free of its moorings during a blizzard on Wednesday morning, according to a statement from the Australian Antarctic Division.

None of the 67 expeditioners and crew on board on the ship, owned by P&O Maritime Services, were injured. The ship remains watertight, but poor weather has hampered a full assessment of the damage.

Winds of up to 130 kilometres per hour (80 miles per hour) were recorded by the automatic weather station at Mawson Station during the blizzard.

The Aurora Australis departed Hobart in early January to conduct research on the Kerguelen Plateau, an undersea geological formation. It arrived at Mawson on Saturday.

Ships travelling to and from Antarctica often face risky conditions. The Aurora Australis itself came to the rescue of Russian ship Akademik Shokalskiy and its 52 crew in 2014.

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