Medical team heads to Antarctica to rescue US expeditioner

A medical team was heading to Antarctica on Wednesday in a bid to rescue an ailing American expeditioner.

The Australian team of five landed in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Wednesday night. Team members were monitoring the weather in Antarctica before flying on to McMurdo Station in their Australian Airbus319 aircraft by the end of the week, conditions permitting, officials with the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) and the U.S. National Science Foundation told NBC News.

The Australian Antarctic Division is a branch of the government’s environment department.

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F. Brinley Bruton has been a journalist for 15, and worked in Kabul, Mexico City, Philadelphia, and New York City. Now based in London, she is a editor, producer and senior writer at NBCNews.com, a leader in breaking news and original journalism online that gets over a billion page views a month. Before joining MSNBC.com -- which became NBCNews.com in 2012 -- Brinley wrote about security, business and finance, international development and women’s issues. She has worked at Reuters in London and New York, and her pieces have appeared in the New Statesman, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Long Island Newsday, The Star-Ledger, and Arabies Trends, among others. She also wrote and blogged for AlertNet, Reuters’ humanitarian news website.
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