8 Aug 2012

Australians fly to NZ to join Antarctic rescue

9:13 pm on 8 August 2012

A specialist medical team from Australia is flying to New Zealand to help rescue an American expeditioner in Antarctica.

The Australian Antarctic Division is supplying a medical team of five people and an airbus for what is being called a medical emergency, but won't elaborate further.

The team is flying to Christchurch Wednesday night and will then fly another 4,000 km to McMurdo Station on the southern tip of Ross Island.

McMurdo is experiencing temperatures of minus 25 degrees Celsius, but as the supply station for the US Antarctic program, it has a runway that is open all year round.