Icebreakers rush to help ship trapped in Antarctic ice
ANTARCTICA-SHIP - (REUTERS) - Three icebreakers are en route to an area off the coast of Antarctica to help free a vessel carrying 74 people, including a scientific expedition team, which is stranded in thick sheets of ice, officials said on Thursday.
The Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped since Tuesday when ice pushed by strong winds surrounded the vessel, according to an Austrialian professor who helped organise the trip.
"We're surrounded by sea ice, we just can't get through,"
Chris Turney, a professor of climate change at the University of New South Wales said in a video posted on YouTube.