Helicopter begins rescue of a ship in Antarctica

By Marcina Zaccaria,

A ship stuck in the freezing ice in Antarctica is finding some relief from a Chinese rescue helicopter.

According to a report from Reuters, a rescue team will take passengers from Akademik Shokalskiy and bring them to the Aurora Australis, an Austrian Antarctic supply ship.

This ship has been stuck in the thick ice for six days. Snow, strong winds, and fog stood in the way of initial rescue efforts.

In addition to the 52 passengers on the ship, 22 crew members remain in good condition. The ship’s passengers included tourists on vacation and a scientific team recreating Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's 1911 to 1913 voyage to Antarctica.

"I think everyone is relieved and excited to be going on to the Australian icebreaker and then home," expedition leader Chris Turney told The Associated Press.

Everyone on the ship was free from danger as rescue efforts began. The Aurora Australis will take the passengers to Tasmania, where they will remain for two weeks.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


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