Asa returns again from Antarctic

AN electrician is today looking forward to a honemoon in sunnier climes after returning from a second trip to one of the coldest places on Earth.

AN electrician is today looking forward to a honemoon in sunnier climes after returning from a second trip to one of the coldest places on Earth.

Asa Downing has just come back from a two-month trip to Antarctica where he got the chance to carry out electrical testing as part of the contract with British Antarctic Survey.

Mr Downing, 26, who works for Inviron's building systems eastern division in Portman Road, jumped at the chance to brave the chilly conditions for a second time as he enjoyed it so much the first time round last year.

He was responsible for an eight-week programme to test and inspect all the fixed electrical systems at the BAS research station on Signy Island, one of the South Orkney islands near to Antarctica.

In his spare time he got to see different species of wildlife as he got involved in penguin counting and had encounters with humpback and fin whales.

Mr Downing, who lives in Ipswich, said: “It was excellent. The weather was worse this time as it was much colder.

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“It was great to see some more wildlife up close this time. I saw a penguin colony, which was amazing. I felt like I got to know the place a bit more this time.

“I'm getting married this year and we are going to St Lucia on our honeymoon so that should be a bit warmer!”

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