Rescue of stalled Antarctic ship in progress

A group of 74 scientists, tourists and crew aboard a Russian ship stuck in ice off Antarctica, still awaiting rescue after a Chinese icebreaker failed to reach it.     Image © Andrew Peacock

The Russian ship was stuck since Christmas Day, in a shaft of ice about 1,500 nautical miles south of Hobart, Australia.

According to BBC: Another boat, the Aurora Australis, was on its way to the Russian vessel and expected to arrive on Sunday.

Expedition spokesman Alvin Stone told the Associated Press:

“I think we’re probably looking at another 24 hours of twiddling our fingers and waiting for something to happen.”

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“We really are just hoping that the… two powerful icebreaker ships will provide the breakage of ice that we need.”

Correspondents say expedition members could be winched to safety by a helicopter if the weather remains favorable.

via BBC