Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis has run aground at Mawson Station in Antarctica.
The ship broke from its moorings just after 3pm on Wednesday during a heavy blizzard with 67 expeditioners on board, the Australian Department of Environment confirmed.
Aurora Australis runs aground in Antarctica
The icebreaker gets into trouble during an intense blizzard near Mawson Station. Vision courtesy Australian Antarctic Division.
All crew are safe and well, according to the Australian Antarctic Division who are responding to the incident.
The Aurora Australis was re-supplying the station when it ran aground in the West Arm in Horseshoe Harbour.
"The ship remains watertight, with no damage to the hull of the vessel," Australian Antarctic Division said in a statement.
"Current blizzard conditions are hampering a full assessment of the damage, and the crew are closely monitoring the hull from inside the ship," the statement read.
All on board the Aurora Australis are safe and well, the ship remains watertight. The blizzard is forecast to continue overnight.— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) February 24, 2016
Mawson Station has recorded sustained winds of more than 130km/h leading up to the time the Aurora Australis broke its mooring lines.
Blizzard conditions are forecast to continue for the next 24 hours.
It is understood the crew will likely sit tight until conditions ease.
"The Australian Antarctic Division is working closely with P&O Maritime Services, owners of the Aurora Australis, to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew as a priority," the division said.
The Aurora Australis arrived at Mawson Station for resupply on Saturday after departing from Hobart on 11 January.
Current blizzard conditions are hampering a full assessment of the damageAustralian Antarctic Division
It has been undertaking marine science around the Kerguelen Plateau region.
The Australian Antarctic Division does not expect to have another update on its progress until Thursday morning.
Australian ship stranded in Antarctic blizzard
Australian Antarctic resupply vessel Aurora Australis ran aground near Mawson Station in a blizzard on Wednesday afternoon.