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Antarctic mission over as ships clear ice field

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 09:48

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

Last Updated: Wednesday, January 08, 2014, 02:11

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

Last Updated: Sunday, January 05, 2014, 03:46

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

Last Updated: Friday, January 03, 2014, 13:54

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

Last Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014, 06:39

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.

New Year on ice as weather stalls Antarctic air-sea rescue

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 09:29

An icebound Russian research vessel prepared to ring in the New Year in remote Antarctica today as blizzards hampered a helicopter rescue planned after several icebreaking attempts failed.

Antarctic ship passengers to be evacuated by Chinese helicopter: Russia

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 02:08

Most passengers and some crew from a scientific expedition ship stranded off Antarctica will be evacuated by helicopter to a Chinese icebreaker if weather conditions improve, Russia said Monday.