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how to understand the“ to be rescued themselves”

According to what Mary said to my wife Karen, this elderly Jacob Perry had been one of four men who'd crossed a hundred miles of Antarctica in the total darkness and howling storms of the 1934 south-polar winter to rescue Admiral Byrd Then the whole group had to wait until October and the advent of the Antarctic summer to be rescued themselves. "

waiting for others to rescue them or they rescued themselves without any help.

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    It means the four men who went to rescue Admiral Byrd also needed to be rescued. The reflexive (themselves) is for emphasis.

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