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Relief As Harsh Antarctic Rescue Mission Ends Safely

More than 50 passengers were safely rescued by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctic ice.
Relief As Harsh Antarctic Rescue Mission Ends Safely
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Via AFP:

The Chinese icebreaker that came to the rescue of a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, helping evacuate dozens of passengers, has signalled it may now be trapped in heavy ice, Australian authorities said on Friday.

The Xue Long -- or Snow Dragon -- has not moved for several days as it took part in multiple attempts to rescue passengers on a scientific expedition aboard the Russian vessel Akademik Shokalskiy.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said the Xue Long notified it "at 1pm AEDT (0200 GMT) this afternoon it has concerns about their ability to move through heavy ice...

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