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All passengers confirmed rescued from icebound Antarctic ship

Published on Jan 2, 2014 7:51 PM
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All 52 passengers were airlifted on Thursday from a Russian research vessel icebound in Antarctica and are safe on board an Australian supply ship, rescuers said. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - All 52 passengers were airlifted on Thursday from a Russian research vessel icebound in Antarctica and are safe on board an Australian supply ship, rescuers said.

"Aurora Australis has advised AMSA that the 52 passengers from the Akademik Shokalskiy are now on board," the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) said.

Passengers were flown to the Australian ship in groups of 12 by a helicopter from a Chinese icebreaker.

The Akademik Shokalsky has been stuck in ice since Dec 24 100 nautical miles east of the French base Dumont d'Urville, with several icebreaking attempts failing to reach it.

 
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