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UPDATE: McMurdo Station medical evacuation

An ambulance next to a large military plane

McMurdo Station medical evacuation


July 12, 2021

The National Science Foundation is grateful for the assistance provided by the New Zealand Defense Force during the medical evacuation from McMurdo Station that took place last weekend. Antarctica New Zealand, with whom the U.S. Antarctic Program has enjoyed a longstanding partnership, helped coordinate the effort. Flights to Antarctica in the austral winter season are rare, and this rescue ensured that an individual with a serious medical condition was able to acquire medical care not available at McMurdo Station.

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