Cracking ice bodes well for Antarctica ship rescue
PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Ice that has trapped a Russian ship with 74 people on board in Antarctica appeared to be cracking up on Sunday, raising hopes for a rescue as a powerful Australian icebreaker approached the stranded vessel.
The ice-bound ship, the Akademik Shokalskiy, left New Zealand on Nov 28 on a privately funded expedition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of an Antarctic journey led by famed Australian explorer Douglas Mawson.
It has been stuck in the ice since Dec 24. Its passengers include scientists and tourists, many of them Australian, and a Russian crew.
The Australian icebreaker the Aurora Australis was expected to reach the stricken ship on Sunday.