Akademik Shokalskiy
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Antarctic ships escape from ice trap as weather changes

The Russian research ship Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese icebreaker Xue Long have broken free from Antarctic ice where they had been stranded for several days.

The Russian ship's captain said a crack had appeared in the ice after a change in wind direction.

The Akademik Shokalskiy got stuck on 25 December. It has a Russian crew of 22.

Yvette McCullough reports.

  • 08 Jan 2014
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