August 28, 2014
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An expedition of 52 scientists and tourists have arrived in Australia, 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 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 aboard an Australian icebreaker Wednesday that it is still not clear who would pay for their rescue.
Turney's expedition had been retracing an expedition a century ago by Australian explorer Douglas Mawson and comparing scientific measurements made then and now when their Russian icebreaker became trapped in ice-clogged Commonwealth Bay on Christmas Eve.
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