Antarctica Rescue Boat Now Trapped In Ice

The Chinese icebreaker sent to help a stranded Russian ship has itself become stuck

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Andrew Peacock / Reuters

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy stranded in ice in Antarctica, Dec. 29, 2013.

The Chinese rescue icebreaker that helped evacuate 52 passengers from a Russian ship stuck in the Antarctic itself became stranded Friday, Reuters reports.

The vessel, Snow Dragon, carried a helicopter that successfully ferried the group of scientists and tourists to a nearby Australian icebreaker on Thursday. But the Chinese ice-breaking ship is now stuck in place until conditions improve, according to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The Chinese boat will attempt to escape the area Saturday morning, and the Australian icebreaker carrying the rescued passengers is waiting in the area “as a precautionary measure,” said the Australian authorities.

The passengers on the Australian ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, departed from New Zealand Nov. 28 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Antarctic expedition led by  Australian explorer Douglas Mawson. The boat became trapped Dec. 24, about 1,500 nautical miles south of Tasmania.

[Reuters]

33 comments
Robert Mclean
Robert Mclean

Does America have to save everyone...Canada save those people, we command you too.

Karen Joy
Karen Joy

and the cost of all this??? would probably feed thousands for weeks in a third world country … seriously!!

David Elrod
David Elrod

Bahahahahahahahahahaha! Russian ingenuity.

Luo Ben
Luo Ben

Icebreaker didn't break the ICE! An irony, indeed!

Jennifer Barry
Jennifer Barry

And our met service warns us not to go out in the current wind storm and avoid all unnecessary travel!!!!!!!!!

John Adams
John Adams

A Chinese icebreaker trying to rescue a Russian icebreaker. Well that is just full of win.

Noel Mulwa
Noel Mulwa

MI6 has sent james bond with his crew.

Vijay Vittal Rao
Vijay Vittal Rao

Call the Srilankan Tamil rebel, who will within 2-3 minuts frees ship using their own home made RDX. 'Which never fails, if fails its passengers heart'.

Shelley Farrell
Shelley Farrell

no… 'passengers' were taken off yesterday… only crew remains on board. WHO MODERATES THIS BOARD?????

Bobert Oshanahan
Bobert Oshanahan

Learn your lesson those people are just not meant to be saved they were suppose to start a colony

Alan Keran
Alan Keran

The HMS Woman who swallowed a Spider is rushing to the scene.

Nazli Attaran
Nazli Attaran

They were rescued yesterday by helicopter. Old story.

Paul Redfern
Paul Redfern

Sounds like a typical commute on the Northern line.

Mark Beames
Mark Beames

The idiocy and hubrice of the "tourists" that wanted to go on a "pleasure cruise". First responders really appreciate having to put themselves in danger to rescue contenders for the 2014 Darwin Award.

JimBrown1
JimBrown1

During the summer there they are frozen in. This proves we have global warming.

Слава-Сатане
Слава-Сатане

@JimBrown1 All of the knowledge and insight scientists have amounts to nothing because an internet user by the name of JimBrown1 said "During the summer there they are frozen in. This proves we have global warming." Thank you for clearing up this trivial matter, our grandchildren's future has been secured and it's all thanks to YOU.