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Icebound Antarctic ship awaits helicopter rescue

Published: 12.31.13, 08:27 / Israel News

Passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for a week are expected to be rescued by helicopter, after three icebreakers failed to reach the paralyzed vessel, officials said Tuesday.

 

The 74 scientists, tourists and crew on the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which has been stuck since Christmas Eve, had been hoping the Australian icebreaker Aurora Australis would be able to crack through the thick ice and allow them to continue on their way. The Aurora came within 20 kilometers of the ship on Monday, but fierce winds and snow forced it to retreat to open water. (AP)

 

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