Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Stranded ice ships freeing themselves under own power.


Reports just in that both the Akademik Shokalskiy and the Chinese icebreaker Xue Long (Snow Dragon) sent to rescue it have managed to break free under their own power.

from ABC:

A Russian research vessel stuck in thick Antarctic ice for a fortnight has finally managed to break free.
The Akademik Shokalskiy became trapped on Christmas Eve in frozen seas with 52 passengers and 22 crew on board.

The passengers were eventually airlifted off after spending Christmas and New Year's Eve stranded aboard the ship in Antarctica's Commonwealth Bay, but the Russian crew remained on board, waiting for a change in conditions.

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