'Christmas Punch-up' Rocks South Pole

Two Antarctic workers engage in Yuletide combat
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2007 5:28 PM CST
Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, seen in January 2006.   (Public Domain)
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(Newser) – The North Pole is usually abuzz with activity this time of year, but the South Pole was rocked by a "drunken Christmas punch-up," between two men in a remote research station at the bottom of the world. The Guardian reports both men—one with a broken jaw—were airlifted out when US Antarctic headquarters found out about the booze-fueled brawl.

“There's no indication of the cause or of the background between the two folks,” said a spokesman for the US Antarctic program. Emergency medivac flights to the South Pole are extremely rare given often hazardous weather conditions; one of the most dramatic was the 1999 midwinter flight of a woman doctor who had developed breast cancer.