Help on horizon for 74 on icebound Russian ship off Antarctica
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - A Chinese icebreaker is expected a reach a Russian ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice with 74 people on board by Saturday, Russia said.
The Snow Dragon was one of three icebreakers dispatched to free the MV Akademik Shokalskiy, which became stranded far south of Tasmania on Tuesday in ice driven by strong winds.
"The first, a Chinese icebreaker, is expected to arrive at the scene of the accident on December 28," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
"Great news: Icebreaker Snow Dragon on Horizon with penguins! Everyone very happy!" Chris Turney, an Australian professor who helped organize the voyage on the Russian ship, said on Twitter on Friday.