Amundsen had chosen dogs to pull his sleds, starting with 52 and returning with 11. (Those who were no longer needed to pull sleds were killed and fed to the survivors.) He and his team reached the South Pole at 3 PM on December 14, 1911, planted the Norwegian flag and turned back. Another 39 days would elapse before the world would know of this success: it took that long for Amundsen’s team to return to his ship, the Fram, and sail to Tasmania where they were first able to communicate with the world.
Roald Amundsen disappeared on June 18, 1928 while searching for the survivors of the dirigible Italia that had crashed on the pack ice on May 23 of that year. Neither he nor any wreckage from his place was ever found.