Passengers Rescued From Research Ship Trapped In Ice

UPDATED: Thursday January 2, 2014 8:47 AM

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week is finally underway.
Expedition spokesman Alvin Stone says a helicopter from a nearby Chinese icebreaker landed near the ship Thursday and the operation to evacuate the 52 scientists and tourists on board has begun.
Expedition leader Chris Turney posted a video on Twitter showing the helicopter's arrival.
The research ship has been stuck since Christmas Eve.

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