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December 31, 2013
Antarctic ship passengers to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter: Russia
Sydney (AFP) Dec 30, 2013
Most passengers and some crew from a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica will be evacuated by helicopter to a Chinese icebreaker if weather conditions improve, Russia said Monday. Authorities decided to resort to the helicopter evacuation after the Aurora Australis rescue icebreaker was forced to retreat in the face of freezing winds and snow showers 10 nautical miles from the Russian-flagged MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which is stuck in an ice field. Thick ice had earlier prevented b ... read more
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