Operation Breakthrough team
Above are just a few of the people from a wide array of groups that participated in the rescue. From left to right: Mark Fraker (an oil company worker); Dave Withrow and Jim Harvey.
"There were so many groups Inupiat hunters, biologists, oil companies, United States and Soviet Union government agencies, the military, non-profit organizations, and the press on the scene and everyone wanted to play a part," Withrow said.
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Andrea Thompson is an associate editor at Scientific American, where she covers sustainability, energy and the environment. Prior to that, she was a senior writer covering climate science at Climate Central and a reporter and editor at Live Science, where she primarily covered Earth science and the environment. She holds a graduate degree in science health and environmental reporting from New York University, as well as a bachelor of science and and masters of science in atmospheric chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology.