16 Mar '11, 4am

Two Australian rescuers contaminated in Japan

SYDNEY: Two Australian search and rescue personnel showed low levels of radiation contamination after their helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Fukushima on Wednesday. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said contamination was detected on their boots after ice on the helicopter blades forced them to land some 20 kilometres (12 miles) outside the exclusion zone around the Fukushima nuclear plant. "I have been briefed that early this morning a US helicopter carrying four Australians and some New Zealand personnel had to land at Fukushima airport. There were issues about ice on on the rotor blades," she said. "The landing was 20 kilometres outside of the evacuation zone. "All members of the team have now travelled back to where our search and rescue team are working. "On return two of the team were tested for contamination and they showed low levels of c...

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