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Anxious wait for Russian research ship stranded in Antarctic

Updated: 2013-12-30 07:16
By Agencies and Zhang Jiansong from Xinhua onboard the Snow Dragon ( China Daily)

Passengers on a Russian research ship trapped in thick Antarctic ice faced an uncertain wait on Sunday for one last icebreaking attempt, with no guarantees of success.

The MV Akademik Shokalskiy has been marooned amid heavy ice since Tuesday about 185 km east of the French Antarctic base Dumont d'Urville, with two icebreaking ships so far failing in their attempts to reach it.

China's icebreaker Snow Dragon came close on Saturday, getting to within 12 km of the passenger vessel carrying 74 scientists, tourists and crew members before impenetrable ice forced it to halt its progress.

Anxious wait for Russian research ship stranded in Antarctic

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