Rescuers Antarctic

December 28, 2013 by  

Rescuers Antarctic, Rescuers were finally within sight of a ship stuck in Antarctic sea ice Friday, one of the explorers on board said, three days after it became stuck on Christmas Eve.

“Great news,” Professor Chris Turney of the University of New South Wales in Australia tweeted, along with a picture of the distant rescue vessel. “Icebreaker Snow Dragon on horizon with penguins! Everyone very happy!”

Great news. Icebreaker Snow Dragon on horizon with penguins! Everyone very happy! #spiritofmawson

— Chris Turney (@ProfChrisTurney) December 27, 2013
Russian-built MV Akademik Shokalskiy, with 74 people aboard, has been frozen in a remote part of the Antarctic some 1,700 miles south of Australia since Tuesday. A distress call from the ship was picked up Christmas morning.

Professor Chris Turney, leader of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, which is traveling aboard the Shokalskiy, said the Chinese ice-breaking vessel Snow Dragon was expected to come and clear a path for them by Friday night.

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