Its so sweet how people can sacrifice there lives to help a bunch of innocent animals,i once heard about this story when i was a kid,Justin a friend of mine which back then he was among my oldest friends i had,he had this magazine (it wasn't in good shape i remember) where it explained about this tragic event that happened in Alaska in 1988, three gray whales from pack ice in the Beaufort Sea near Point Barrow in the U.S. state of Alaska were trapped in pack ice.
This year a movie was released called Big miracle.Its a nice movie i would comment but according to the real story there a lot missing.
The first news story about the trapped whales was in Anchorage, Alaska a week later. Rescuers tried to borrow a barge from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to break the ice and clear a path, but the barge was locked in. The whales' plight gained more attention from the media as journalists called North Slope Borough and flew to the site. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sent a team of whale biologists, and the United States Department of State requested the help of two icebreakers from the Soviet Union, the Vladimir Arseniev and the Admiral Makarov.
While the whales remained in their initial area, they were given Inuit names Putu, Siku, and Kanik and English names Bonnet, Crossbeak, and Bone, respectively. The youngest whale (Bone), nine months old, died on October 21. On October 28, the Admiral Makarov broke apart a ridge of Arctic ice that was 400 yards wide and 30 feet high. The Vladimir Arseniev cleared the icy rubble to create a large enough path for the remaining two whales to escape. After the path was cut observers could find no sign of the whales and the operation was declared a success. The remaining whales were reportedly in very poor health at the time of the rescue and because radio tags were never attached it is unknown if the animals survived.
The rescue effort cost US$1 million (US$1.97 million in today's terms) and was criticized by some scientists.