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Woman in Antarctica ‘fighting for her life’ as she attempts to close front door in extreme weather

Niamh Shackleton

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Woman in Antarctica ‘fighting for her life’ as she attempts to close front door in extreme weather

Featured Image Credit: Instagram / @tomaszkurczaba

If you thought you had a bad day at the office, think again.

A team on an expedition in Antartica have documented what its like working on King George Island, and it's safe to say that it looks pretty darn cold.

The video was taken by photographer Tomasz Kurczaba, who is currently leading his 47th Polish Antarctic Expedition.

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In the clip, one of Tomasz's colleagues is seen trying to wrestle the door of their cabin closed - and I think even Dwayne Johnson would have struggled.

Dressed head-to-toe in snow gear, the woman uses all her might to try and get the door closed, and even loses her footing at one point, as the gale force winds continued to gush behind her.

It looks like this was just an average day at the office, however, as Tomasz went unfazed by the woman's efforts and even pretended to give her a helping hand.

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"Typical workday in Antarctica," he captioned the video posted on Instagram back in May of this year.

She was described as 'fighting for her life'. Credits: tomaszkurczaba/Instagram
She was described as 'fighting for her life'. Credits: tomaszkurczaba/Instagram

In recent days the clip has been doing the rounds on social media as someone detailed the hellish conditions people might face in Antartica.

Sharing the video, someone said: "Weather in Antarctica is generally classified with 3 levels .

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"The most severe is 'condition 1': windspeed over 102 km/h, temperature < −73 °C, visibility less than 30 m.

"In other words: hell."

"She’s fighting for her life and he’s like ‘oh no, my arm isn’t long enough'," one X-user replied to the post.

"I thought this person was on a train," said another as they noted the speeds of the winds behind her - and dozens of others echoed similar sentiments.

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"This is a clip in Mission Impossible 3," quipped another.

Winds have previously hit speeds of 199mph in Antartica. Credits: Jason Edwards/Getty
Winds have previously hit speeds of 199mph in Antartica. Credits: Jason Edwards/Getty

Sharing more details about the harsh conditions people face in Antartica, another social media user said: "Antarctica is known for its extreme and harsh weather conditions.

"It is the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. Average temperatures can range from about -20°C (-4°F) in the warmer coastal areas to -60°C (-76°F) or even lower in the interior during the winter months.

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"Wind speeds in some regions can exceed 320 km/h (200 mph)."

There's currently an interesting job being advertised in Antartica, but this video may have put you off applying...

The role is at the world's most remote post office, and it involves more than just delivering mail.

If you were to land the job, you'd also be responsible for maintaining the site and managing the thousands of tourists that visit that part of Antartica every year.

And the best part and probably most important part of the job?

Counting penguins as part of the environmental data collection that's needed.

Topics: News, Antarctica, Instagram, Life, Viral, Weather, Social Media

Niamh Shackleton
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