July 30 2014, updated 9:30pm

South Pole worker sacked over brawl

Last updated 00:00 01/01/2009

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A punch-up at the South Pole that led to an emergency medical evacuation to Christchurch has led to the assailant being sacked and flown out of Antarctica on the same flight as his victim.

A National Science Foundation spokesman said there was no apparent cause or background to the fight, which left the victim with a broken jaw, but unconfirmed reports from Antarctica suggest the brawl was over a woman.

The victim was a senior computer technician who was going to set up a new computer system for the South Pole station's power plants.

The fight happened on December 23, prompting a resumption of flights that had been halted for the Christmas break and requiring dozens of support staff at the South Pole and McMurdo Station to return to work to arrange the evacuation.

The injured man arrived in Christchurch on Christmas Day after an eight-hour flight. He was discharged from hospital on Boxing Day.

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