5 Dec 2011

Ship being sent for injured woman

7:29 am on 5 December 2011

An Australian ship is on the way to Antarctica in case a New Zealand woman injured on an expedition needs to be evacuated.

Tessa Williams, 21, was on a South Australian Museum study trip when she fell on a snow slope, injuring her arm.

She was initially flown nearly 800km from a remote field camp in the Prince Charles Mountains to Davis Station, an Australian Antarctic base.

She will be flown to another base, Casey Station, when her condition stabilises. Medical officers there will decide whether she should be taken back to Australia.

The ABC reports the Aurora Australis is already en route to Casey in case Ms Williams needs to be evacuated. It will arrive next week.