Two technicians found dead at Antarctica science station after helicopter spotted smoke

Two technicians are found dead at an Antarctica science station after a helicopter spotted smoke coming from the building

  • The technicians were working on a fire-suppression system Tuesday at McMurdo Station on Ross Island, the National Science Foundation said in a statement
  • A helicopter pilot found them unconscious after noticing smoke at the building
  • The not-yet-identified victims were employed by American contractors  

By Megan Sheets For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 14:21 EST, 12 December 2018 | Updated: 19:34 EST, 12 December 2018

Two technicians were killed while working on a fire-suppression system at an Antarctica scientific station, according to the National Science Foundation.  

In a news release Wednesday the foundation said the two workers, whose names are being withheld, had performing preventative maintenance in a building at McMurdo Station on Ross Island, which lies to the southwest of New Zealand. 

They were reportedly found unconscious on the floor by a helicopter pilot who landed after spotting what appeared to be smoke coming from the building on Tuesday.

Both victims were removed from the building and given CPR. One died at the scene and the other was flown to a clinic and pronounced dead shortly after.  

Two technicians were killed while working on a fire-suppression system at McMurdo Station (pictured) in Antarctica on Tuesday, according to the National Science Foundation
Two technicians were killed while working on a fire-suppression system at McMurdo Station (pictured) in Antarctica on Tuesday, according to the National Science Foundation

Two technicians were killed while working on a fire-suppression system at McMurdo Station (pictured) in Antarctica on Tuesday, according to the National Science Foundation

The NSF said the technicians were employed by PAE, Virginia-based subcontractor to Leidos, the Colorado-based logistics contractor to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. 

An investigation into the incident is now underway and next of kin have been notified.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the NSF for more information.  

 

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