A helicopter crashed and nobody died.
Let me just repeat that for you.
A helicopter with three occupants crashed on a crevassed ice shelf in Antarctica… and nobody died.
Everything about that sentence is extraordinary. The fact that no one was even critically injured is a miracle.
I won’t go into the details of what happened because that is not for me to comment on here. But I will say that the search and rescue operation that was run from here was incredible. They had everyone home and safe within 24hrs. None of this would have happened if it wasn’t for the extraordinary efforts of the occupants of the second helicopter, our Canadian pilots in both aircraft, the comms operators, weather forecasters, the search and rescue team, our doctor and her lay-medical team, our station leader who kept it all together and everyone on station who did whatever was needed to support the operation.
Its been a tough few days for everyone as we have come to terms with what happened on the weekend. Everyone deals with traumatic experiences in different ways and it has been great to see that the support network of our friendships here has really helped everyone affected. How the accident will affect the remainder of the summer season here at Davis is yet to be established but we will no doubt find out in the next few days. Once the medivac is complete we’re hopeful that we will be able to get back into to swing of things again with the knowledge that three of our friends are safe and sound back in Australia and their injuries are being looked after.
I just need to say it one more time.
A helicopter crashed and none of our friends died.