Rescued Antarctic scientists back on dry land

Scientists whose Antarctic expedition became trapped in sea ice finally returned to dry land Wednesday, apologising for the disruption and facing questions over who will pay for the international rescue mission.

Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field

A complex international operation to free a Russian ship trapped in Antarctica ended Wednesday when the vessel cleared the ice field, as officials released a United States icebreaker from the rescue.

Trapped ships break through Antarctic ice

Two ships -- a Chinese icebreaker and a Russian research vessel -- broke free on Tuesday from thick Antarctic ice where they had been trapped for days.

US icebreaker heads to Antarctic to help stuck ships

US icebreaker Polar Star was on Saturday set to sail for the Antarctic to assist a Russian vessel trapped in heavy ice and a Chinese ship which went to its aid, officials said.

Relief at Antarctic rescue turns to fear for Chinese ship

The Australian authorities expressed relief after 52 passengers were safely evacuated by helicopter from a Russian ship stranded in Antarctica, but then raised concern for a Chinese rescue vessel caught in heavy ice.

Antarctic ship rescue set to start: Authorities

Rescuers are expected to launch a complex operation using a Chinese helicopter to airlift passengers from a Russian ship ice-bound in Antarctic seas as weather improves, Australia`s maritime authority said on Thursday.