CANBERRA, Australia — An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists arrived in Australia today, setting foot on dry land for the first time since they were rescued from a ship trapped in Antarctic sea ice three weeks ago.
Arguments continue on who will foot the bill for the extraordinary rescue operation that involved the United States, China, France and Australia.
Expedition leader Chris Turney told reporters in the port city of Hobart where they ended the final leg of their rescue journey aboard an Australian icebreaker that it was still not clear who would pay for their rescue.
Turney, a professor of climate change at Sydney's University of New South Wales, said lawyers and insurers were negotiating on the costs.
The expedition began on Nov. 28. They had been retracing an expedition a century ago by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson and comparing scientific measurement made then and now when their Russian icebreaker Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped on Christmas Eve.