A boat with 74 people aboard was caught in the ice. Three icebreakers are on their way to the region but it could be two days until they reach the ship.
Wednesday December 25, 2013 | 14:06
STRANDED. Icebreakers could take two days to arrive.
A research vessel designed for polar expedition was stranded in the Antarctic ice with 74 people on board, authorities said Australian maritime safety after receiving a distress.
The crew is made up mostly of Russian scientists and sailors, as well as 26 tourists, many of them Australians. Three icebreakers are on their way to the region but it could be two days until they reach the “MV Akademik Shikalskiy” Russian flag, officials said.
The boat is in a privately funded expedition reminiscent of a lead by Sir Douglas Mawson 100 years ago Australia. Responsible Travel, Chris Turney, put a reassuring message on Twitter: “Beautiful gentle wind Thick ice temperature only…
least one degree. Merry Christmas from the Australian Antarctic Expedition. ”
“There is no danger and everyone is well, the spokesperson of the expedition, Alvin Stone said.” It is possible that the wind changes and we can get out on our own. There are only two miles to the open sea, “Turney wrote in an email to the agency dpa.