18 Oct 2011

Woman airlifted from South Pole

11:21 am on 18 October 2011

An American woman who became ill while working in Antarctica has been successfully evacuated to Christchurch, New Zealand, and is undergoing further medical checks.

It's understood Renee-Nicole Douceur had a stroke in August. She worked at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole research station.

Her employer, Raytheon Polar Services, won't confirm the nature of Ms Douceur's illness.

But the company says it worked closely with physicians and the National Science Foundation to ensure she had the best medical care until the NSF could provide safe transportation to New Zealand.

She was transported from the station on a scheduled cargo flight on Monday.