Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Antarctic rescue bid under threat


A rescue mission for a ship stuck in ice in Antarctica is under threat as reports have emerged that one of the assisting vessels may itself be stuck.


Fifty-two passengers and four crew members were due to be evacuated by helicopter from China's Xue Long ship as soon as conditions allowed.


However, the Xue Long has barely moved in a day and may be stuck in the ice.


The research vessel Akademik Shokalskiy has been trapped for nearly a week with 74 scientists, tourists and crew.


The ship is stocked with food and is in no danger, the team on board says.