Antarctic medical evacuation update

Davis station (Photo: Nisha Harris)
Davis station (Photo: Nisha Harris)

An Antarctic expeditioner injured at a remote field camp has been airlifted to Australia’s Davis station where she is receiving medical treatment.

The 21-year-old scientist received injuries, including deep lacerations and bruising, when she slipped on a snow slope in the Prince Charles Mountains, about 770 kilometres inland of Davis station.

The Australian Antarctic Division deployed its Twin Otter aircraft to retrieve the injured expeditioner yesterday afternoon.

The woman is in a stable condition and in good spirits. She is receiving medical treatment from the station Doctor and a decision on the need for further evacuation will be made later today.

The scientist is a New Zealander who is part of a team of researchers from the South Australian Museum which is studying the origins and dispersal patterns of invertebrates in the Antarctic.

The remaining five members of the research team stay in the field until January.