One: Plunging temperatures didn't lock up the ship. It was wind that blew breaking-up shore ice into position combined with delays for sightseeing. Both the ice and the weather were in the forecast. (Wattsupwiththat). In depth coverage including a diary at the link.
Two: Almost all mainstream stories about the rescue leave out WHY the ship was there, to document the extent of ice melt. Reporters won't let got of their climate talking points. (Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools return to their folly).
Three: They weren't in danger. Only the paying passengers were given a helicopter ride off the vessel. The Russian crew stayed behind to wait for the ice to shift in a couple weeks.
Four: The US Navy is NOT part of this story. A Chinese vessel was closest followed by an Australian icebreaker that did the helicopter lift from the Russian boat. The Jade Rabbit lunar rover arrived on the moon's surface just three weeks ago. There's a pattern here.
UPDATE: US Coast Guard will send Polar Star Icebreaker in response to Australia's request. Jan 4th
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