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Well a dangerous and dramatic commission playing out in -- this morning.
And Australian rescue plane sweeping into the frozen continent to pick up an American researcher undergoing a medical emergency.
The rescue plane had to land on -- I recent runway.
During a very narrow window of twilight.
It's thirty degrees below zero there right now the medical rescue team has now landed back in New Zealand and David Lee Miller is in our New York City newsroom.
Hi David -- know about the patient.
Well patty and for privacy reasons authorities are not revealing the identity of the patient but perhaps most importantly.
We can tell you that yes he is now or she is an area hospital in Christ church New Zealand reported to be in stable condition.
-- this patient was working at the McMurdo research station in and Arctic that is run by the National Science Foundation and although there is a medical facility there.
This individual needed treatment that could not be provided but.
-- -- police report at this hour this individual about six hours ago arrived in New Zealand and is now getting the treatment that he or she needs and again.
So what more details can you provide about the rescue.
This was really been an incredible rescue the type of stuff you see in the movies.
The United States could not provide aircraft for this -- so.
An Australian rescue team decided to step in they made the five hour flight from Christ church New Zealand lending and Airbus -- 319.
I'm an icy air strip.
And this mission had to be timed to coincide with the very narrow sliver of daylight that was available because it's.
Still the middle of winter in an article right now let's take a look at a file photo this is taken at the McMurdo.
Research station in the middle of winter and on this photo you can actually see in the photo.
It's similar aircraft in Airbus.
And this is the Pegasus air strip.
It is one of the few in an article that can accommodate wheeled aircraft and -- and underscoring just how difficult this mission was.
The New Zealand air force had to provide search and rescue.
Just in case the rescuers needed rescue but thankfully that was not the case -- and David Lee Miller quite a story thank you.
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