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Helicopter Rescue Planned For Stranded Antarctic Ship

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A helicopter rescue is planned as soon as Wednesday to rescue passengers on a research ship trapped in the Antarctic ice, Russian officials say.

Those on board the trapped ship spent the day etching out a helicopter landing pad in the ice by the ship.

74 scientists, tourists and crew members have been trapped the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy. All but the crew are expected to be evacuated.

There have already been failed rescue attempts by ice breakers since the ship became lodged there on Christmas Eve.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Henry Fountain, a science writer for the New York Times, about the rescue operation.

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